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Sean Dancer, head coach of the Irish women’s hockey team. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Sean Dancer, head coach of the Irish women’s hockey team. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Sean Dancer, head coach of the Irish women’s hockey team. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

ON an unforgettable day in the Olympic cycle, the decision to finally postpone the Games yesterday was largely welcomed by the athletes and coaches who have spent the past number of years preparing for Japan.

Sean Dancer (above), head coach of the Irish women's hockey team, insisted the right call had been made.

"The decision to postpone the Games not only puts athlete's welfare first, but also the welfare of much wider communities. The decision to postpone the Games is one we support."

Paralympics Ireland CEO Miriam Malone voiced similar opinions before outlining that a plan to help the athletes adjust to a new schedule had become the new priority.

"We are already rolling out our contingency plans for athletes and we will do everything in our power to ensure that our Irish athletes will be able to adapt as seamlessly as possible to the new arrangements when they are confirmed."

Rowing Ireland CEO Michelle Carpenter couldn't hide her disappointment, but agreed the right course of action had been taken.

"We are extremely disappointed for our athletes, coaches, their families and our Rowing Ireland family at this time. We look forward to the future and having our athletes represent Ireland again."

Irish Independent