Novak Djokovic, the current world number one, believes that the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s authorities took the right decision when they announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be played only in 2021.
Although he had prepared a pair of shoes inscribed with the words “Tokyo 2020” for this year’s Olympics, Djokovic thinks that the health of the people around the world is much more important. “Took this photo last year in Japan.
I’m sad the Olympics are postponed, but I am sure it‘s the right decision for the collective health of everyone involved. Let’s look forward to Tokyo Olympics 2021”. wrote Djokovic on Instagram. The decision of postponing the Olympics was announced on 24th March through a joint statement made by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo.
"I proposed to postpone for a year and [IOC] president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement," said Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister. “The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating.
Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is "accelerating" There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour”.
was written in the statement. “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community”.
Although the situation looks horrible in some parts of the world, Novak Djokovic thinks that humanity will get through it and can even profit from it.