‘A bitter disappointment for all,’ but ITF supports decision to postpone Tokyo 2020
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has backed the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games until next year.
With the coronavirus pandemic causing chaos not only to the sporting calendars, but every walk of life, the IOC agreed to push back the Olympics, which was due to start on July 24, to “no later than summer 2021.
The tennis event was due to take place 25 July and 2 August at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo, but it will now be rescheduled along with all other Olympic events.
“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” a joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said.
To safeguard the health of the athletes and everyone involved in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will now take place no later than summer 2021.
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) March 24, 2020
In a statement of their own, ITF President David Haggerty said his organisation backed the decision.
“The global health situation continues to evolve at an extraordinary pace and we are faced with an unprecedented situation that calls for leadership and making informed decisions,” Haggerty said.
“Whilst this is a bitter disappointment for all those who have been preparing and training hard, we all understand that the protection of human life, health and safety, comes first.
“The ITF supports this decision and will continue to collaborate fully with the IOC and the IPC going forward to 2021. We look forward to seeing all athletes, volunteers and fans when it is safe for us to meet and participate at our best at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
Novak Djokovic’s iconic racket is sold at auction and the price exceeds all expectations
The racket has been put up for sale on the SCP auction site, with an expectation that it would sell for a fee in excess of $50,000.
Roger Federer’s former coach highlights key difference between Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz
Jannik Sinner “needed certain experiences to feel comfortable in the path”.
Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open entry confirmed, but what is the protected ranking that he will use?
What is the protected ranking that Rafael Nadal will use to play at the 2024 Australian Open?
‘I have great faith in Rafael Nadal and believe he won’t disappoint in hardest comeback yet’
Rafael Nadal has been backed to deliver in his ‘hardest comeback yet’
‘Novak Djokovic can win the Golden Slam but there are reasons not to do it’, assesses top coach
Novak Djokovic’s 2024 Golden Slam prospects have been analysed.
Rafael Nadal makes honest confession as he discusses comeback expectations
Rafael Nadal has openly discussed his expectations ahead of his 2024 comeback.
Novak Djokovic facing a double threat to his status as world No 1 – but not from Jannik Sinner
Novak Djokovic will need to maintain his remarkable levels of brilliance to hang onto top spot in the rankings.
‘Carlos Alcaraz cannot achieve great results in a diesel mode like Novak Djokovic’, says former ATP star
A former world No 12 has spoken of a “diesel mode” he feels Novak Djokovic possesses.
The 10 biggest ATP Rankings rises in 2023: American star makes stunning 500-place surge
A look at the top 10 biggest movers in the 2023 ATP Rankings.
Toni Nadal makes admission about 2024 French Open belief Rafael Nadal holds
Toni Nadal has spoken about his nephew Rafael Nadal ahead of his comeback.