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Reactions to the postponement of the Tokyo2020 Games

On 24 March, the decision was made about the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Since the decision, athletes around the globe are trying to comprehend and process what it means in their lives. Many of them expressed their feelings on social media, and we have collected some of the most positive, most heart-warming and funniest reactions. Here they are.


Great Britain's track and field hero, four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah played a little name game around the postponement.


One of the most versatile athletes in the world, Lolo Jones was simply happy about being able to put her diet on hold. The summer and winter Olympian posted a video on her social media channels about pouring a bag of candies into her breakfast bowl.


On a more serious note, Olympic silver medallist shot putter, Joe Kovacs sent a heartfelt message to everyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The American athlete reminds us to focus on what is the most important now; the safety, health and well-being of everyone.


British heptathlete superstar, Katarina Mary Johnson-Thompson shared a slightly self-ironic message on her channels stating that she "waited eight years for this", and asking "what’s another one in the grand scheme of things". Johnson-Thompson has won gold medals at world championships, world indoor championships, European indoor championships and the Commonwealth Games, however, she is yet to put an Olympic medal around her neck.

Polish swimmer Filip Zaborowski doesn't waste his time, as he already started preparing for #Tokyo2021 in his backyard.


Filip's message resonates us very well, even though we do not prepare for the Olympics, but promote grassroots sport in Europe: #StayAtHome and #BeActive as much as you can!

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