The athletes’ representation of the Olympic Committee was sharply criticized by the USA. Now there was a meeting or a discussion with Bach. IOC spokesman Mark Adams stressed that “details remain between those involved.” Bach spoke to the USA team “to get what they really want, how they’re feeling,” Adams added.
Today, Thursday, the United States Olympic Committee (USOPC) said that the athletes presented their perspective and that they “would like to go home with their medals.” That would be silver at this point. Actually an understandable wish. However, USOPC chief Sarah Hirshland emphasized that it was a difficult situation: “It is unfair to these athletes, not just from our team, but to all athletes who are here and expect the integrity of the competition to be intact. It didn’t work out and that’s not okay,” Hirshland said.
The IOC also contacted the bronze winner Japan on the matter. However, the Japanese team had signaled that they “fully respected” the decision of the governing body to cancel the medal ceremonies and did not want a meeting, Adams said.