In four weeks we will understand whether the Tokyo Olympic Games will be confirmed or postponed, two hypotheses: the possible cancellation of the Olympics is excluded in the most absolute way. In the face of the dramatic situation caused by the coronavirus, with the increase in cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 all over the world, the Olympic calm professed by Thomas Bach and the Tokyo 2020 Organizers who preached the theory of non-urgency had become unsustainable: the Games are four months away, there is still time.
In a statement, president Thomas Bach said: "Human lives take precedence over everything, including the staging of the Games. The IOC wants to be part of the solution. Therefore we have made it our leading principle to safeguard the health of everyone involved, and to contribute to containing the virus.
I wish, and we all are working for this, that the hope so many athletes, NOCs and IFs from all five continents have expressed will be fulfilled: that at the end of this dark tunnel we are all going through together, not knowing how long it is, the Olympic flame will be a light at the end of this tunnel”.
After winning two Grand Slam titles, former World number 1 Naomi Osaka was being tipped to be one of the biggest faces of the Olympics. “It is a special feeling to aim for the Olympics as a representative of Japan,” she told NHK News.
“I think it will be more emotional to play for the pride of the country. I can play well on the big stage, so there are also expectations for myself at the Tokyo Olympics. I am worried because of the high expectations from the surroundings, but I want to play like me and get a gold medal”.