Naomi Osaka, the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in the singles and who won the back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open. The 22-years-old, Naomi who was disappointed in the postponement of the Olympic Games, says when you realize the postponement is for the better of the entire world.
“We Will Come Together In 2021 And Be Ready” -Naomi Osaka
Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mother, Tamaki Osaka; and a Haitian father, Leonard François. Naomi lived in Japan until she was three years old.
Earlier, two-times Grand Slam Champion Naomi Osaka has decided to take Japanese nationality over US citizenship with a view to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Even Though, Summer Olympic games were postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus.Embed from Getty Images
At the time of the athlete’s gathering event postponement, Naomi said she’s “been thinking about how to articulate my thoughts on this for a couple of days now.” However, Former World No.01 Osaka realizes that the postponement “saves thousands of lives.”
“Like most athletes that had been training I was disappointed at first but when you realize the postponement is for the better of the entire world you know the game can wait, we will come together in 2021 and be ready.”
“ I actually have a lot of sympathy for athletes, like track athletes, who work for four years and plan to peak at that exact time. Now their schedule is probably in turmoil.
“Tennis is a little bit different so I shouldn’t have to alter my preparations too much. I know so many people (including close friends) that have worked so hard on the Games.”
“ I know how difficult this has been for people in Japan as well as… So it has been tough. But of course, it is the right decision, which has my full backing,” Osaka said to Reuters via email.
World No.10 Osaka hopes “ the Olympics will now be a massive celebration for the world at the other end of this pandemic.”