Two-time Grand slam champion Naomi Osaka told how she reacted to the news that the Olympics were postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Like most athletes who were preparing for the Games, at first I was disappointed. But when you realize that this delay is necessary and will help the whole world, the game can wait. We will come together in 2021 and be ready.
I strongly sympathize with such athletes as track and field athletes – they train for four years and try to reach the peak of form for the Olympics. Now they have a total mess with the schedule. The situation with tennis is a little different, so I don’t have to change my training too much.”
The 10th world racket believes that the Olympic games can become “a beacon of hope, symbolizing the end of the fight against coronavirus.”
“This is a very difficult period, and I personally know many people (including my close friends) who participated in the preparation of the Games. So I understand how difficult it is for the Japanese right now.
But, of course, this is the right decision, and I fully support it. I hope that the Olympics will be a Grand celebration that means the end of the fight against COVID-19.”
Thomas Bach: “the IOC will have to bear the costs of postponing the Olympics – several hundred million dollars».
The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, issued a statement on the postponement of the Olympic games in Tokyo for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have another unprecedented task before us – organizing the postponed Olympic games. This is the first time in a long Olympic history, and this is a huge task for the IOC, our Japanese partners and friends, and all members of the Olympic community.
This new situation requires all our solidarity, creativity, determination and flexibility. We all need to make sacrifices and compromises. Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures. In this situation, each of us has to make a contribution, and this applies to everyone, including the IOC.
The IOC will continue to be responsible for its share of the costs of the postponed Games in accordance with the terms of the agreement for 2020 that we have concluded with our Japanese partners.
Although it is too early to give an exact figure, we already know that we will have to bear the cost of transferring several hundred million dollars. This is why it is necessary to study and analyze all the services we provide for deferred Games, ” Bach said in a statement.
The Tokyo Olympic games are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021.