Olympic 2021: Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka ‘not really sure’ if it is appropriate to stage Tokyo Olympics

Naomi Osaka wants to play within the upcoming Tokyo Olympics but she isn’t “sure” whether the quadrennial event would plow ahead as planned.

As the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to require a place in 2020 and was postponed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and therefore the tournament will now be held from July 23 to August 8 this year.

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka wants to play within the upcoming Tokyo Olympics but she isn’t sure whether the quadrennial event would plow ahead as planned.

BBC quoted Osaka as saying, “I’m an athlete, and in fact, my immediate thought is that I would like to play within the Olympics.”

“But as a person’s, I might say we’re during a pandemic, and if people aren’t healthy, and if they are not feeling safe, then it’s definitely a very big cause for concern,” she added.

As the Japanese government extended a COVID-19 led state of emergency in several places including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo, until May 31. After the rise in COVID-19 cases, restrictions have been imposed within the country.

When BBC Sport asked her about the continuation of this showpiece event during this COVID-19 pandemic, Naomi Osaka said, “To be honest, I’m not really sure.”

The four-time slam champion will feel sad if the Olympics goes ahead without fans but she is all geared up for her debut tournament.

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