Naomi Osaka, the Japanese pro, is in a dilemma to take part in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, which she cherished for her “entire life”.
In 2020, there was an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus throughout the world, which made it difficult to host the prestigious tournament. Thus, Olympics got postponed this year.
The grand sporting event was set to begin on June 23 of this year. However, there is again an elevation in the number of coronavirus cases globally. Therefore, there are against doubts about anchoring the event this year.
The Japanese prodigy, Naomi Osaka, has been dreaming to play in Olympics since she was a kid. But the pandemic crushed her dreams, and it seems impossible this year too. Although, World No.2 is more worried about the safety of others than fulfilling her dreams.
In a recent interview, Osaka reported, “Of course I would say I want the Olympics to happen because I’m an athlete and that’s sort of what I’ve been waiting for my entire life.”
“But I think that there’s so much important stuff going on, and especially the past year. I think a lot of unexpected things have happened and if it’s putting people at risk, and if it’s making people very uncomfortable. Then definitely should be a discussion, which I think it is as of right now,” the Japanese star further commented.
The sudden rise in coronavirus cases has already forced many countries to announce a complete lockdown. As a result, many major tournaments were rescheduled or shifted to safer locations. However, the Japanese government is keen on hosting the Olympics. Thus, they have announced a quarantine period of three months, which might provide a healthy environment for the Olympics.
The 23-year-old Naomi has failed to make a mark since her victory at the Australian Open this year. Further, she even lost to Jessica Pegula in the first round of the Italian Open with a score of 6 (2)-7 (7), 2-6.
Naomi Osaka needs to gear up for the upcoming Roland Garros and also the Olympics. As the competition will be much fierce and World No.2 will be at a constant threat from other players.
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