As each day passes, more fallout from the coronavirus outbreak surfaces.
This time it has impacted San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills and his play at the upcoming Olympic Games.
The Australian Olympic Committee advised its athletes to prepare for the postponed Tokyo Games set for 2021. It was its effort to protect the athlete's health and avoid the COVID-19 virus.
In addition, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach recently agreed to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until no later than the summer of 2021.
Mills, speaking from San Antonio where he's been quarantined, sent his support to the AOC and urging all Australian athletes to remain positive.
As a member of the Australian Olympic team, I would like to first acknowledge and support the Australian Olympic Committee, and their proactive approach in handling this unprecedented crisis.
“I’m absolutely gutted that this crisis has affected the largest international sporting event in the world. But just like everyone, athlete or not, the health of all these people remain the top priority. We’re all in this together.”
Mills plays for the Australian Olympic Men's Basketball team. The team is stacked with talent (Mills, Joel Ingels, Ben Simmons, Aron Baynes) and is seen as one of the best international teams.
Mills sent his words of encouragement to athletes representing Australia.
To my fellow Australian Olympic teammates - do not be discouraged by this adversity. As an Olympic athlete your goal remains the same. To represent our country the best way possible and strive to be your very best.
Don't be discouraged. Your goal remains the same. Stay positive and stay strong.
Mills also sent a message to all about combating the coronavirus urging everyone to practice social distancing and remaining at home.
“Please, stay at home, and keep your distance. The better we can control this virus, the better we can look after each other. And the better us athletes will be able to prepare to represent you once the Tokyo Olympics arrive."
The postponement of the Olympic games not only impacts Mills but Spurs' Gregg Popovich who is the head coach for Team USA, Chimezie Metu who represents Nigeria, Marco Belinelli (Italy) as well as Derrick White, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan who were named to Team USA's 2020 preliminary squad.