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Spurs’ Patty Mills reacts to Australia’s Olympic decision amid coronavirus crisis

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After a score of nations announced they were pulling out of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the International Olympic Committee postponed the global event this week, canceling what was supposed to be a summer featuring great matchups in basketball. San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, representing Australia, explained to fans and viewers that he is “gutted” by the postponed Olympics but applauds the Australian Olympic committee’s decision to pull out.

Mills, who is coming off his best scoring season with the Spurs in 2019-20 before the NBA suspended operations, explained his thoughts on the Olympic news in a video shared on Twitter on Tuesday.

“Just like every Olympic athlete around the world I’m absolutely gutted this crisis has affected the largest international sporting event in the world,” the Spurs guard told viewers, via The West Australian. “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.

“Stay at home and keep your distance; the better we can control this virus the better we can look after each other,” Mills said.

Patty Mills was instrumental for Team Australia at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China this past September, with the Boomers finishing just short of a medal when they lost to France in the bronze game.

However, Australia’s placing earned them a qualifier in the 2020 Olympics. Mills and the Aussies, though, will have to wait another year to play in Tokyo as the sports world — much like the rest of the world — is on pause with the coronavirus pandemic playing out in tragic fashion.