In response to the Kovida 19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Tuesday that the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo would be postponed by one year until the summer of 2021. Sports Minister Kieren Ridjo welcomed the IOC’s decision to move the Olympic Games to Tokyo, as this was necessary for the well-being of athletes around the world.
I urge our athletes not to be discouraged. We will have better chances of getting the best Indian medal in 2021, he said.
The Indian athletes who came to Tokyo also applauded the decision of the IOC. That’s what they said:
Mary Com, Boxing
Six-time world champion and 2012 London bronze medalist Mary Com wrote on Twitter It’s a big and right decision.
Excellent and fair decision https://t.co/CwoS1ktJVy.
– Mary Com (@MangteC) 24. March 2020
Neraj Chopra throwing the spear (photo file: Reuters)
Neraj Chopra, javelin thrower
- I think under the circumstances it was a welcome decision for us as athletes, which is not surprising. As we look forward to Tokyo 2020, the environment would not be well suited to celebrate this event.
- I would say that we should look at it in a positive way, because it allows us to plan and prepare for another year of the Olympics, which for many athletes is the biggest sporting event. In the coming months there will be some impact on training until the situation is under control, but it is something to which all athletes are equally exposed.
- I’m not thinking about qualification, but there are IOC and world specialists in athletics who take everything into account before making a decision.
- Therefore, I think it would be better if at this stage we all focus on how to overcome this difficult health situation at the moment and then work on preparing for next year’s Olympics, depending on the final decision that will be made.
Saina Nehval. Photo: ITP
Saina Nehval, Badminton
This is a good solution for the IOC. For all athletes who have qualified and for all athletes who have not yet waited for the remaining qualifications. Given the current situation in the world, every athlete will now be in the world. Safety first
Bajrang Punya after winning the gold medal in men’s freestyle wrestling (65 kg) File photo: Reuters
Bajrang Punya, Wrestling
I’ve already told you that it would be fair to postpone the Olympics, given the current scenario. The health of every athlete comes first, so I would say that this is a good solution, since the coronavirus has caught the whole world.
Vikas Krishan, Boxes
After all, mankind needs to go beyond the sport, which is why I am glad that the decision has been taken to postpone the Olympic Games in view of the coronavirus situation. Of course, this delay will affect our preparation, but I think the extra time will allow me to prepare even better for my goal to win Olympic gold for India. I think it is important that all athletes remain focused and motivated and use this time to do everything possible in terms of nutrition, diet and training, so that next year, when the Olympics are held, we will be even better able to win medals for the country.