Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC president Thomas Bach lastly agreed to a postponement Tuesday, the primary time the Olympics have ever been delayed of their 124-year fashionable historical past.
Writing on Twitter, Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge praised the “sensible choice” to postpone the Video games till 2021, including that he appeared ahead to defending his title in Japan and “witness an exquisite occasion.”
In the meantime, USA’s double Olympic swimming gold medalist from Rio 2016, Lilly King, opted for a brief and easy message, writing on Instagram: “Only one extra yr to get higher #Tokyo2020.”
‘Waited eight years for this’
Athletes and particular person federations had begun questioning whether or not it was secure to stage the Video games in Tokyo amid the worldwide pandemic and had began to induce organizers to take motion as quickly as potential.
Australia and Canada then grew to become the primary nations to tug their athletes out of the competitors which led to numerous different nations doing the identical.
World champion heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson was one of many main athletes who had raised her issues about competing in Japan later this yr.
“Waited eight years for this, what’s one other one within the grand scheme of issues? As an athlete, it is heartbreaking information concerning the Olympics being postponed till 2021, however it’s for all the suitable causes and the security of everybody! Keep indoors,” the Briton wrote on Twitter.
Equally, Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers wrote on Instagram to say she had been trying ahead to competing in Tokyo this summer season however “for now we’ve got to take a look at the larger image and do no matter it takes to beat the coronavirus.”
‘Battling a a lot larger drawback’
Whereas areas of the world at the moment are rising from as much as two months in quarantine, components of Europe have shut down, notably Italy, which has turn into the epicenter of the outbreak on the continent.
“At this time we’re all fighting a a lot larger drawback and though August nonetheless appears distant, the safety for such a giant occasion was very troublesome. See you in 2021,” Italian monitor biking champion Elia Viviani wrote on Twitter.
“This Olympics was going to be crucial Olympics of my profession due to all the pieces that is occurred in my previous,” he informed the LA Instances.
“However this entire factor is means larger than me. It is means larger than the Olympians. It is affecting all the world proper now. Our predominant factor is staying secure and wholesome.”