• Exclusive: World Athletics President Coe says the sport may return to empty stadiums

May 17, 2020

Asked by insidethegames if circumstances may require athletes’ efforts to be viewed via television rather than directly by spectators, Coe responded: "In the short term we may have to compromise on that.

"We can’t be oblivious or tin-eared to what we are being told by local communities and public health authorities.

"It may well mean that.

"It’s clear that football is going to come back quite quickly with the Bundesliga plans.

"And that will be behind closed doors.

"I don’t think anybody is contemplating this as the ideal long-term solution - sport would wither on the vine quite quickly if that were the case.

"But that may well be a compromise we have to make in order to get the athletes back into competition, leagues finished, at least some kind of competition."

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