When the canadian olympic Committee (COC) announced that it would not send its athletes to the olympic Games of Tokyo, on Sunday night, the tennis player Vasek Pospisil has been one of the first athletes to acknowledge this decision.
The native of British Columbia did it first on his Twitter account.
“A difficult decision, but it is the right way,” he writes on his social network.
“With the way things are going currently, the sport can wait, then informed the representative of the maple leaf flag during an interview with the network Sportsnet. I know that [the Games] Tokyo are in for some time, but I think the logistics and the health of all people involved in the Games, including the supporters and the athletes.”
“We must put all our energies and our resources to stop this pandemic, he continued. We will focus on sports and entertainment when this will be the time and this surely is not now.”
A message to young athletes
Active since several years on the stage of world tennis, Pospisil has already represented Canada on two occasions during the summer Games, either in London (2012) and Rio (2016).
We can therefore imagine that it is easier for him to accept the decision of the COC, in contrast to his younger colleagues Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, or Bianca Andreescu. In effect, they would have been a likely first olympic experience, the ones who are all under the age of 21 years.
“I want to say to young athletes that there will be many other opportunities, said Pospisil. At this time, there are more important things in life, as you worry for your family, and older people. […] It is necessary to put things in perspective, which is not always easy when you’re young. There will be a multitude of other opportunities for these athletes.”
The veteran 29-year-old delivered his impressions on the state of mind of cream of the cream of canadian tennis right now.
“We have a group where we write. I was particularly in contact with Felix. I think the word confusion is the best way to sum up the general feeling of the athletes. We are used to having a routine and a structure. Suddenly, you have no purpose to your training, nothing to prepare you mentally, because you never know when you’ll be able to play again.”