During this widely uncertain time as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, difficult decisions have been made, and the International Olympic Committee and the Prime Minister of Japan has postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics to 2021.
With training centres on lockdown, athletes were teeming with anxiety as they have been unable to prepare themselves for the now postponed 24 July 2020 - 9 August 2020 games. Canada and Australia were the first to announce their withdrawal from the event and said that they will not be sending their athletes to compete because of the risks of the coronavirus.
Are we heartbroken that we’re going to miss this year’s beautifully embroidered leotards from the gymnastics and figure skating segments? Yes. But, we’re also conversant with the current global situation and are glad that the safety of the atheletes and communities have been prioritised. “We agreed that a postponement would be the best way to ensure that the athletes are in peak condition when they compete and to guarantee the safety of the spectators,” shares Shinzo Abe in a recent statement.
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