Olympic athletes talk about 2020 games being postponed

Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 9:11 AM EDT
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The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed to 2021 by the International Olympic Committee.

"It was very hard. We had to consider the dreams of these Olympic athletes," said IOC President, Thomas Bach.

IOC President Thomas Bach had earlier agreed “100%” to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

"It was absolutely the right move," said 2012 Gold Medalist, Davis Tarwater. "The Olympic trials for most sports are going to start in the next couple of months."

With those trials be just as important to the athletes as the actual games.

“You train for four years for one opportunity and that could be your shot you may not have an opportunity to do it again, said Tarwater.

"I’m disappointed but at the same time it’s not about me and it’s not about my swimming," said swimmer Molly Hannis. "It’s about the community and everybody else around me that could potentially be at risk."

Abe said he expects the pandemic to be over by next year and the Olympics can be held by the summer of 2021 at the latest, but the athletes will need some time between the end of the pandemic and the start of the games.

"A common misconception is everything is good it’s June, well we missed 3/4 full months of training Nobody has been doing anything," said Tarwater.

No official date or target date has been set