The IOC and the Government of Japan postponed the Tokyo Olympics for 1 year amid mounting pressure. Indian players are very happy with this decision. Boxer MC Mary Kom, who won the Bronze at the London Olympics, said, ‘The situation is not good right now. Life is first, we can wait for the games.’ At the same time, Saina Nehwal has also justified this decision. She said that some players had not yet qualified. In such a situation, how will the qualification for 2021 be understood?
Wrestler Bajrang Punia said, ‘It is a good decision because everyone is upset. The health of the players is the most important. No one was able to practice properly. It is not only a matter related to India, but it is also a matter of the whole world. We must first rescue people from this epidemic.’ Former world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu also believes that it is a good decision for the players. She said that whatever happened is good. Now we will get more time for preparation. This is good for my performance. I will continue to practice.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also welcomed Japan and the IOC’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics to 2021. IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “This decision has brought great relief to our athletes, who were worried about their training during the epidemic, how they will be able to perform their best after 4 months from now.”