ROME – «It is the right choice, health above all. For any athlete, thinking that he cannot compete in the most prestigious of competitions is certainly not good news, but given the seriousness of the health situation worldwide, it could not have been done otherwise ». So Filippo Tortu comments on the postponement to 2021 of the Olympic Games. «As far as I am concerned – he continues – I will have one more year to prepare, I will miss not being in Tokyo and the wait will be even more beautiful, as when you want something so much. We must protect everyone's health and we athletes must also adapt to this moment of international crisis ».
Gianmarco Tamberi stresses: “I have sacrificed my private life entirely in the past four years. I put aside any thoughts of making a family, of living my friendships as a normal boy, of returning the time that is given to me by all the people who love me. I put everything aside, putting just one thought before me. Thought it had become a sweet obsession to live with. I have woken up every morning for the past 4 years wondering first if I had slept well enough to be able to better face the afternoon workout. Then breakfast, calorie by calorie marked every day, for every single food. Workouts every day, of course. But among these … some went badly, and conditioned my mood for days, sometimes weeks. Weeks spent not answering anyone to find the strength to react within me. All this because I knew how important every single detail was in view of that appointment. I lived every single personal choice according to that event. A tear drops slowly in the face in the same channel well carved from the tears of 4 years ago. And if that time I wrote, goodbye Rio, goodbye my Rio, now maybe a little I can console myself in saying goodbye! Goodbye my Tokyo ».
Malagò: «Tokyo 2020 in the spring is a hypothesis»
“There had never been a displacement of the Olympic Games except during wartime events.” CONI President Giovanni Malagò said this after the IOC, in agreement with the Organizing Committee of Tokyo and the highest authorities of Japan, made official the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021.
“The fact that they can be played by the summer of 2021 means that there is the will to consider every possible time option, even the possibility that they will be played in the spring – he continues – There are many International Federations that have already given their willingness to reschedule their demonstrations in 2021, as Sebastian Coe said for the World Athletics Championships scheduled for August: there is ample willingness to remodel the calendars, of course the pre-eminence belongs to the Olympic Games. My thoughts go to the athletes, to those who have expressed themselves about the future and to those who are considering what to do. I believe that our champions – especially the more experienced ones – can offer another example of passion and determination, becoming the symbol of the Tokyo Games in 2021 ».