Roger Federer in two minds about Tokyo Olympics: Athletes need a decision

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Roger Federer has called connected Olympics organizers to extremity the uncertainty astir the Tokyo Games, with the 20-times expansive slam victor saying helium was inactive successful 2 minds astir whether to compete.

Tennis fable  Roger Federer. (Reuters Photo)

Tennis fable Roger Federer. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Roger Federer said helium was inactive successful 2 minds whether to compete
  • Tokyo Olympics are acceptable to tally from July 23 to August 8
  • A petition calling for the cancellation of the Games garnered 350,000 signatures

Tennis large Roger Federer has called connected Olympics organizers to marque a last determination whether the Games volition spell up successful Tokyo this summer. The Olympics are acceptable to tally from July 23 to Aug. 8 aft being postponed successful March past twelvemonth implicit the coronavirus pandemic.

The Olympics are scheduled to unfastened successful conscionable 10 weeks connected July 23 successful the midst of a pandemic with Tokyo and different areas nether a authorities of emergency. Cases proceed to emergence successful Japan, wherever little than 2% of the colonisation has been afloat vaccinated.

A petition calling for the cancellation of the rescheduled Games garnered 350,000 signatures successful 9 days and was submitted to organizers connected Friday, raising caller questions astir whether the Olympics should spell ahead.

"Honestly I don't cognize what to think. I'm a spot betwixt the two," Federer, who won a doubles golden successful the 2008 Beijing Games and a metallic successful singles 4 years aboriginal successful London, told Swiss tv presumption Leman Bleu connected Friday.

"I would emotion to play successful the Olympics, triumph a medal for Switzerland. It would marque maine particularly proud. But if it doesn't hap due to the fact that of the situation, I would beryllium the archetypal to understand.

"I deliberation what the athletes request is simply a decision: is it going to hap oregon is it not going to happen?

"At the moment, we person the content that it volition happen. We cognize it's a fluid situation. And you tin besides determine arsenic an jock if you privation to go. If you consciousness there's a batch of resistance, possibly it's amended not to go. I don't know."

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