2021 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year – Naomi Osaka wishes to see the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games go ahead, yet concern about the health of people.
The four-time Grand Slam champion [Osaka] speaking in an interview ahead of the Italian Open could not give a straight forward answer with regards to whether the Tokyo Olympics should be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“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,” she said.
“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 it definitely should be a discussion, which I think it is as of right now.”
“At the end of the day I’m just an athlete and there’s a whole pandemic going on.
“I feel like whatever makes everyone more comfortable and more safe. There’s going to be a lot of people entering the country, so they definitely have to make the right decisions on that.
“I’ve gotten vaccinated. At the end of the day you can’t force anyone to be vaccinated.
“If you’re going into the Olympics and whatever, make the host country happy.”
Meanwhile, local organizers and the International Olympic Committee insist the games will open as planned on July 23.
The International Olympic Committee recently announced that vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech would donate doses to inoculate athletes and officials preparing for Tokyo.