Japanese star Naomi Osaka is certainly not too thrilled with the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. After the Coronavirus wreaked havoc in Japan, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the Olympics to 2021.
Earlier, Osaka had expressed her disappointment when the same was still under speculation. The Japanese star wrote “Don’t you dare” On Twitter, telling the IOC that postponing the Olympics would be terrible. Osaka has since deleted the aforementioned tweet.
It was perhaps because of flak received on the platform. Many people pointed out that the health of the athletes is paramount. No matter how big the Olympics are, they have to be stalled to ensure the safety of everyone concerned.
Osaka knows that the Tokyo Olympics would be really special for her as an athlete. She is the biggest Japanese tennis star to come out in a while. In fact, she achieved the world no 1 spot in the women’s rankings. Needless to say, the country had gold medal hopes from the player.
In fact, she had foregone US citizenship last year to become a citizen of Japan –
“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.”
Osaka also realized that everyone expects a gold medal. It was her home ground after all –
I am worried because of the high expectations from the surroundings, but I want to play like me and get a gold medal”.
We are sure that Osaka has realized the logic behind the decision. Everyone is emotionally invested to make the event happen. However, fighting the deadly pandemic is everyone’s topmost priority at the moment.