COVID-19 continues to postpone life as we know it in a major way. One of the latest events getting the Rona push-back is the Summer Olympics that were supposed to begin in Tokyo this July. The Olympics typically occur every four years, for now it’ll be moved to next summer, 2021. In the past there have been three cancellations of the Olympics but never one that’s been postponed. This is a first for the history books.
Since we’re the ones who basically watch the Olympics, this sucks big-time, but what do the athletes think? Some athletes went to social media to speak their mind, and many of them were sad about it, but most understand why this is being done. Dina Asher-Smith, the fastest British woman sprinter, didn’t let the date change get to her. On Instagram she posted: “Same 🔥, new dates. Stay at home and safe everyone.”
Dutch Olympic sprinter Dafne Schippers said, “Just heard the news that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be postponed until summer 2021. Needless to say, I was really looking forward and my shape is good at the moment but for now we have to look at the bigger picture and do whatever it takes to beat the corona virus. Let’s hope for the best and let’s make sure we’ll celebrate even harder in 2021!”
Olympics postponed until summer 2021… Whatever it takes to beat the corona virus. Let's hope for the best and let's make sure we'll celebrate even harder in next year! 🙏🏼 #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/wY9vmFQCDQ
— Dafne Schippers (@dafneschippers) March 24, 2020
Many other athletes are devastated, but I’m sure we can all agree that this is the best decision for everyone right now. It sucks not being able to look forward to anything for now but I think that once this is all over we will all have a renewed appreciation for life. There is a good chance that the 2021 Olympics will be better than this year’s would’ve been, mainly because everyone will be dying to get out there and do their thing.
By Angel Britocastro, Freshman, College of the Holy Cross