A couple of weeks ago, the sports world was devastated when the last hope of athletic events in the summer was canceled. The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics have been officially postponed until the summer of 2021. After careful consideration, the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, and Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, decided that postponing the Olympics was in the best interest of the health of the athletes.
There are mixed emotions after hearing the Olympics are postponed until next summer. Fans are saddened and upset because the Olympics were the last chance to see sports being played until the fall. Fans are also upset because they saw it coming due to the outbreak of COVID-19, but they did not believe it would happen since the Olympics are not postponed unless there is a war.
As for athletes, there are also mixed emotions. Some athletes are grateful because it gives them more time to train and because they know their health will not be at as much risk. Other athletes are disappointed because this was going to be their first time appearing at the Olympics, but now their life-long goal and dream has to be put on pause. Finally, the older athletes are feeling saddened because they feel time is against them.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were going to be the last Olympics for many athletes. With the postponement of the Olympics, these older athletes are saddened because they know it is going to be harder to complete in 2021 against the younger athletes. In an NBC Sports interview, 5-time Olympic gold medalists swimmer, Nathan Adrian, says, “My competitors that are younger have another year of growing, they have another year or training that they are going to get under their belt. They are going to get so much faster, which will make it that much harder for me to make the team.” Even though these athletes know it will be harder to compete against younger athletes, they also know this pause in Olympic training will give their bodies more time to recover and heal so they can be at their best.
The world was saddened when the news of the Olympics being postponed came. There were mixed emotions for fans and athletes. Even though the news was devastating, fans can look forward to the games next summer, and athletes can look forward to more training time which will help them perform even better.