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On or off? Who's saying what over status of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

"Anything is possible at the moment." -- World athletics chief Sebastian Coe. AFP Photo

"It's (a postponement) not only best from a performance statement for the athletes, but also for what these athletes are going through right now in terms of their mental health." -- Bob Bowman, the coach who guided swimming great Michael Phelps to 28 Olympic medals -- 23 of them gold. DC File Photo

"The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family's health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months." -- Greece's Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi. AP Photo

"I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity." -- Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member and a four-time Olympic ice hockey gold medallist. AP Photo

"We don't have to make a decision. Our games are not next week, or two weeks from now. They're four months from now. So we are affording the IOC the opportunity to gather information and expert advice." -- United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) chairwoman Susanne Lyons. AFP Photo

"Starting to feel a little worried about how the Olympic Games are being treated in respect to the athletes. We keep being told the Olympic Games are happening. Starting to realize it's more important to have the games go on than the athletes be prepared or mentally healthy." -- US world champion fencer Race Imboden on Twitter. AP Photo

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