Wednesday March 25, 2020 10:11 AM
Two-time Olympic champion Our swordsman has started the year in huge form, but there will be no Olympics this summer. Áron Szilágyi was calm but sad about the decision, if he understands it.
After Australia, but before the United States Olympic Committee announced that its athletes would not travel to the Tokyo Olympics if they finally hosted the Games, an individual athlete started partisan: German swordsman Max Maxung announced he would boycott the games . Since then, we know that the IOC and the Japanese government have decided to postpone the games by one year.
Decided: There will be no Olympic Games in Tokyo this year
A telephone crisis meeting between President of the International Olympic Committee and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Sindzo has decided to postpone the Summer Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the Japanese news agency. They quote Sindzo, who said he had proposed a one-year postponement, which the BOC chairman Thomas Bach “agreed with 100 percent.”
“We have known each other since our cadet years, and the relationship between us is almost friendly,” said Áron Szilágyi, who has made several finals with Hartung over the years. “I respect your opinion, and of course, I think health and safety are the most important of these times, but I can't support Max in this case.”
Only joint action matters!
MOL Team World Class said he is confident that the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers are looking for the safest solution and therefore disapproves of individual action.
“All kinds of individual action only weaken the collective action. I am not saying that the German fencer is wrong, only that it is not the individual decisions that have to be made, but the aspirations that everyone is behind. “The sports world, but I go on, the whole world needs to be united now, not partisanship.”
“In situations like the present, everyone has to pull in one direction. As an athlete, as an Olympic champion, I am aware of my responsibility. I know that now we, too, have to queue up and do our job. Not only because the virus does not pick, but also because we may be able to influence people better. Now you have to give good advice, set a good example, that's our only job, “said the world-class volunteer quarantine with his wife.
That is, you have to adapt
Max Hartung is said to have pressed for more because more and more national Olympic federations have indicated they do not want to participate in the Tokyo Olympics if they are scheduled at the scheduled time. The two-time Olympic champion of the MOL Team was expected to be the best, but made for the worst.
“Given the current situation, it was really unlikely that there would be an opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 24, but I had not given up all my hopes. The situation was so unpredictable that at any one time, a good thing could come out of all the bad news that would slowly bring life back to normal. But in the end it didn't. ”
“There is nothing we can do, accept the decision, and try to plan that way. But big plans are hard to weave without even knowing the exact date. Thomas Bach said that the Games would be postponed for almost a year, including the Spring Olympics. “
Until there is a clear picture, however, the International Fencing Federation will not be able to do anything with this year's missed events or next year's event calendar. “
“There are many important questions, not just the Olympics. What about the EB in Minsk? How will the qualifiers be formed and what will happen to the results of the competitions already announced this season? So far, there are more questions than answers, ”said Aaron.
The waves are fluttering inside
The MOL Team Classic started the Olympic year in a frenetic fashion, so it might be especially frustrating for him to not finish his well-prepared preparation period.
Áron Szilágyi does not panic. His voice was as calm as a few weeks ago when we talked about his last World Cup win. He's a sober, intelligent approach to the problem, though he's probably the biggest loser of the swordsman, based on the passing of the season.
“The waves are still inside, you can believe it. I am disappointed, and of course sad, but we must not collapse, and indeed we must be really strong now.“When so many people in the world are suffering and many are dying, we need to know what's really important. Now, overcoming the coronavirus is not about worrying about the Olympics,” the two-time Olympic champion said.