Ballarat Olympians Kathryn Mitchell and Jared Tallent appear to have been granted their wish to have the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games postponed
Each was part of worldwide push to have the Olympics put on hold owing to the impact of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
The Australian Olympic Committee on Monday revealed they had informed Australian athletes they should prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021.
This came after an International Olympic Committee announcement of a potential postponement of the Games and changes in public health landscape in Australia and across the globe.
The AOC believes athletes need to prioritise their own health and of those around them.
The AOC executive has unanimously agreed an Australian team could not be assembled in the changing circumstances at home and abroad.
A two two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Mitchell had stated in a Facebook post that she believed the Games should be postponed on logistical and humanitarian grounds.
The 37-year-old said indecision about the status of the Games - scheduled to start on July 24 - had meant that athletes had to continue preparing for the event.
"We have to. It may well go ahead, but nobody knows. Athletes train their whole lives for this event. I'm no different, and I'm speaking from the very very pointy end of my career, so believe me, this is a big deal.
"But certain life events are bigger than sport. This is an example. This is different. This has never been seen," she said.
Mitchell said while she continued her day-to-day training as normal, the government had stated that existing restrictions were just the start and to expect life to be this way for at least the next six months.
She asked how did the International Olympic Committee expected the Olympic Games to start in just four months?
"It's easy to stand up and tell athletes to keep preparing for the Games to go ahead. I wonder how the athletes' training is going at the moment, for their 'Olympic Dream', who are trapped in isolation?"
Mitchell questioned the ability of athletes to qualify with sporting events and tournaments cancelled or postponed indefinitely.
She said there was also the issue of having an Olympic Village accommodating about 10,000 athletes and officials from every part of the globe in very confined spaces over a two-week period.
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"The feasibility of this, at the time intended, is not even worthy of an explanation.
"More incomprehensible is that the IOC have said they will not run the Olympics behind closed doors. Tell me one athlete who would want that anyway.
"It means they are saying in four months it will be safe enough to open the city and stadiums up to hundreds of thousands of national and international spectators and tourists."
Mitchell said some believe that an event like the Olympic Games would bring hope, but timing was everything and the undertone feel was that this was not the right timing.
"We need to look beyond ourselves
"We are at the absolute mercy of this and the sooner we accept that and surrender to its conditions, the better.
"The world will need time. Time to catch its breath and recover. It is screaming. We have no choice but to listen. And we need to listen," Mitchell posted.
Ballarat's Olympic race walking gold medallist Jared Tallent told The Courier earlier that there was a growing view from a lot of athletes and sporting federations that the Olympics should not go ahead.
"There's much more pressing issues in the world right now," Tallent said.
"And it's a little bit irresponsible by the IOC in the way (they're) pushing ahead. And it sounds like they're not even considering change at the minute.
"I just can't see how the Olympics can go ahead with the world the way it is," he said.