The Portuguese cyclist Maria Martins said this Tuesday to the agency Lusa that the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, announced due to the covid-19 pandemic, was "common sense" by the organizers.
"I am sorry that the situation is not under control and does not have the best forecasts, but this was an attitude of common sense for what the world is going through. In the middle of everything, it is a detail, because the important thing, the priority, is the our health and ensure that ours are healthy ", shot the 20-year-old cyclist.
According to the young athlete, qualified for the Games in the omnium aspect of track cycling, in what will be an unprecedented participation for Portugal in this specialty, the possibility of the Games moving forward on the scheduled dates would leave "the preparation of the athletes far below what is supposed".
"Not only on a physical level, because one is without access to the best conditions, but also psychologically, because we were going to be affected by what had happened. They were not exactly going to be Games, a sporting event", he commented.
The Tokyo2020 Olympic Games were postponed to 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Games Organizing Committee announced in a statement today.
"In the present circumstances and based on information given today by the World Health Organization, the IOC President (Thomas Bach) and the Prime Minister of Japan (Shinzo Abe) concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympics in Tokyo should be rescheduled for a after 2020 and never after the summer of 2021 ", the statement reads.
This decision was, according to the same document, made "to safeguard the health of athletes, everyone involved in the Olympic Games and the international community".
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 386,000 people worldwide, of whom about 17,000 have died.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread across the world, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.
Several countries have adopted exceptional measures, including the quarantine regime and border closure.
In Portugal, there are 30 dead and 2362 infected confirmed. Portugal is in a state of emergency from 00:00 on Thursday and until 23:59 on 2 April.