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Athletes react to Olympics postponement

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Daniel Wheeler, Gleaner Writer

Athletes around the world have voiced their opinion on the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to next year.

In a statement released today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe determined that due the Coronavirus Pandemic, hosting the Games as scheduled would not have been feasible in the current climate. 

The Games, which was originally scheduled for July 24 - August 9, will now take place "no later than Summer 2021", according to officials. 

However, the announcement was pre-empted yesterday by senior IOC official Dick Pound who, in an interview with USA Today, said that the IOC will call off the Games.

In reacting to the impending announcement, reigning 100m and 200m Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah,took to Instagram to offer hope.

"I was so looking forward for this year's Olympic Tokyo 2020. We are all facing this global pandemic but we as athletes still have to keep training no matter what. We can just only hope for the best. Delay is not Denial #Keepthefaith," Thompson Herah said.

Pan American Games 1m springboard silver medallist Yona Knight Wisdom also posted on Instagram yesterday and has urged the public to do what was necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

"Time to reset the goals #Tokyo2020. In the meantime let's work together to end this Pandemic as soon as possible! Do what needs to be done so We can get back to normal. #StayDreaming #YouReapWhatYouSow," said Knight-Wisdom.

Meanwhile, 200m World Champion Dina Asher Smith of Great Britain echoed similar sentiments today on Instagram saying that the dates are different but the mindset does not change.

"#Tokyo2021 Same Flame, new dates. Stay at home and stay safe everyone," Asher Smith said.