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Would Postponing Olympics to 2021 ‘Take a Lot of Pressure Off’?

Article by SwimSwam Former United States Olympic Team and current Arizona State head coach Bob Bowman

has emerged as one of the vocal proponents of postponing the 2020 Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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supporting postponement from the Associated Press’ Paul Newberry Tuesday, Bowman says that pushing the games back a year would “take a lot of pressure off” athletes who are struggling to find places to train.

“If they did postpone it, it would take a lot of pressure off this situation right now,” Bowman said. “People are scrambling. Most people are not training. If we had a little more time to get ready, that would probably be a good thing.”

Bowman stressed the importance of the current stretch of training in the lead-up to the Games, as well as having check-point meets along the way.

“This is the time when you’re hoping to see progression from one meet to the next, something that’s closer to the final product,” he said. “You’re kind of testing some things like race strategy. You want to see these little rehearsals for the big show.

“It’s probably more important than the training, to be honest,” he added. “That’s what makes the training so meaningful, when you’re able to learn something at the last meet and then go work on it.”

Overall, he pointed out that regularity is key to preparation, and that there’s currently no way of getting that — or of knowing what’s to come.

Meanwhile IsraelI swimming, which last month trained i San Diego, will return yesturday (Thursday) to Israel following the corona crisis. They will enter, in accordance to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, for a isolation of 14 days, in the complexy different. We’re in uncharted territory.”

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Meanwhile 14 IsraelI national swimmers, who last month trained in San Diego, returned yesterday (Thursday) to Israel following the corona crisis. They will enter a isolation of 14 days, in the complex (Not Wingate) where there is also a swimming pool so that they continue to maintain their training routine.

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