The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japan Olympic Committee have agreed the postponement of Tokyo Olympics to 2021 in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for July 24, the Tokyo Games will now be held in 2021. Official date is yet to be announced by the IOC. The decision has been welcomed positively by the Indian wrestlers.
India’s 57kg freestyle grappler Ravi Dahiya said “it is good that the decision for deferment was taken. In the current scenario, Canada and Australia had already pulled out and other countries will also follow suit. So it was no point organising the Games with less participants.”
Here is how other Indian wrestlers have reacted to the Tokyo 2020 deferment:
“It is good that they have postponed the Olympics. In this situation neither the athletes nor the fans are safe. In the end i would just urge all the sportsperson to continue training the way they were and be ready for the Games,” said two time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar.
“It is an unprecedented but an unvavoidable move. As things now stand, postponing the Olympic Games was the best call. Lives matter a lot. If we are not safe, then what will be the use of Olympics,” said Deepak Punia.
“IOC has taken the right decision to postpone the Olympics to 2021. I completely respect the decision as the current challenge we have is to fight against the Coronavirus,” said Pooja Danda.
“It is good that Olympics are postponed. Now, we can take our training a little easy until things normalize and then start in full swing. Also, I am glad that they Tokyo Games have only been postponed and not cancelled,” said Divya Kakran.
“I welcome the decision. Now my focus is on Tokyo 2021,” said Sarita Mor.
“With current conditions, everybody is disturbed. There is no proper training too in the wake of the pandemic. So, the IOC has taken the right decision and I welcome it,” said Bajrang Punia.