ATHLETES UP and down the country took to social media to voice their support for the joint decision between the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee that the 2020 Olympics will take place next year.
Using the hashtag #Tokyo2021 current Olympians and those who would have been attempting to compete on sports ultimate platform for the first time, reached a united consensus that putting the safety of peoples lives first was of primary importance during the spread of the coronavirus.
Current world heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson said on Twitter: “Waited 8 years for this, what’s another 1 in the grand scheme of things? As an athlete, it’s heartbreaking news about the Olympics being postponed until 2021, but it’s for all the right reasons and the safety of everyone! Hope everyone keeps safe and stay indoors x”
British long jumper Jazmin Sawyers wrote on Instagram: “The right choice. Look after yourselves, and your families, your hard work isn’t wasted, but now is the time to stay home to save lives.
“Yes, I’m sad to not have an Olympics this year, but I’m not nearly as sad as the people who are losing their loved ones and not even able to go to the hospital to say goodbye, or the people losing their livelihoods completely because they simply can’t stay open – this is bigger than sport. Follow the government advice and stay home. Don’t wait for someone you know to die for this to become serious to you.”
Broadcast presenter and former athlete Jeanette Kwakye who would have been interviewing at the Games in Tokyo wrote: “The Olympics is the biggest party in the world, but I’m so glad it’s been moved. GUTTED for the athletes, gutted for Japan and for everyone who has worked so hard on it. BUT let’s be honest, once it finally happens, MY GOD, what a party it will be. I can’t wait. #Tokyo2021”
Many were looking forward to seeing 200m World Champion Dina Asher-Smith attempt to add an Olympic title to those she has amassed over the last few years. Addressing her fans online the Londoner said: “#Tokyo2021 Same fire, new dates. Stay at home and stay safe everyone xxx”
In a statement Chief Executive of the BOA, Andy Anson, said: “It is with profound sadness that we accept the postponement, but in all consciousness it is the only decision we can support, in light of the devastating impact COVID-19 is having on our nation, our communities and our families.” a