Patty Mills’ message to Olympians: Don’t be discouraged, adjust

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San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills runs upcourt during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Monday, March 2, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

By JOHN PYE

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — NBA guard Patty Mills has posted a message to encourage other Olympians who will be impacted if the Tokyo Games are delayed and to promote key public health advice to his fellow Australians to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for the games to be delayed to 2021. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open in July but the pandemic has forced the IOC and local organizers to seriously consider a postponement. Mills, a three-time Olympian, praised the Australian committee for its “proactive approach in handling this unprecedented crisis.” He also urged other athletes not to be discouraged, saying, “Your goal doesn’t change. Just regroup, regather and adjust your plans.”