Naomi Osaka disappointed but supports the Olympic delay

WASHINGTON: Japanese star Naomi Osaka says she is disappointed not to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this year, but supports the decision to postpone the event until 2021.

The 22-year-old former world number one said on Twitter that she believes the event will be better for next year following the coronavirus pandemic.

Sport will eventually bring us together again and will always be there for us, but that time is not now, Osaka wrote.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Olympic Games After athletes around the world expressed concern about trying to organize the show amid so much uncertainty.

"Everyone knows how much the Olympic Games means to me and how proud I will be to participate in my home country. Of course I'm disappointed that it won't happen this year," Osaka said.

But we will all be ready to be stronger than ever in 2021! I support Prime Minister Abe and the IOC's courageous decision 100%.

Osaka, champion of the US Open. USA From 2018 and from the 2019 Australian Open, he asked the Japanese to stay strong.

This is the time for people from all countries, backgrounds and races to come together to save as many lives as we can, Osaka said.

For me, that is the Olympic spirit.