On Sunday night, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Games (CPC) decided that no athletes will be scheduled to participate in the Tokyo Olympics at the end of July. Although this is a necessary decision, it is a huge change for most athletes.
Even if everyone agrees that this is the right decision, every athlete’s dream has been put on hold. They faced the unknown and saw years of hard work being driven away.
For the five-time Paralympic medalist Aurélie Rivard, this decision will have a huge impact on her career: “If there is no suitable sports meeting for us, I will consider quitting.” The 23-year-old water skier has won. It has completed all competitions and maintained the world record, so if the Games are to be held as planned, then the idea of starting another cycle to participate in the Paris Games is impossible in 2024.
“We have been training for these games for four years. There, overnight, there is nothing. Ideally, the IOC will postpone it until next year. I can’t wait to announce the news. She said: “What about us? Don’t know, this is annoying. ”
He is a teammate of the national team, Nicolas-Guy Turbide (Nicolas-Guy Turbide) was the bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and he is proud that his sports federation is a pioneer in the current situation: “We must be proud of this. We will not be the only ones to make a decision. Other countries will follow suit.”
In his view, this is even more so, because by maintaining the Olympics, it will go against the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the values usually put forward: “It will crush what the Olympics and Paralympics want. Proof, which means excellent sports performance. “It is true that since the mandatory confinement training, the athletes’ training effects are no longer as effective as usual, and obviously their performance is also greatly affected. The fact that needs to be considered in particular is that, according to Turbide and Rivard, spending time outside the swimming pool It can be felt for a month or two in just one week.
For the artistic swimming team, this news is also very difficult to digest, especially for Claudia Holzner (Claudia Holzner), she is 26 years old, she will participate in her first Olympic Games. Rio de Janeiro, but failed: “I am heartbroken. Again, this is an extremely difficult situation.”
The national team qualified for the competition this summer, representing a very important prospect for medals in the team competition and duo in Tokyo. Last season, Holzner and his partner Jacqueline Simoneau (Jacqueline Simoneau) won six medals, three of which were gold medals.
For Holzner and the rest of his career, postponing the Olympics to next summer is the best scenario under the following circumstances: “I hope the International Olympic Committee will postpone the Olympics for one year and make the right decision, because I will continue anyway. It happened to have achieved my goal of participating in the Olympics. I am not ready for the Olympics, but without us.”
Her partner Jacqueline Simoneau (Jacqueline Simoneau) was established as one of the most disciplined people in the world in a recent season, and she was also torn apart because the sacrifice of a lifetime may fly by, but on the other hand , The risk of going to Japan is too high: “We have trained our whole life, but this is more important than sports and athletes. We are talking about public health, which is the first.”
Judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier (Judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier) is eager to participate in the Olympics. Prior to this, he won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, but did not exceed the seventh in the Rio Olympics. name. For him, this is an opportunity to redeem himself, especially considering the fact that he has an excellent season: […]. It changed the game. I am 30 years old recently, I still have a lot of things to do, and the risk of injury is higher. ”
The former Olympian protégé Nicolas Gill (Nicolas Gill) underwent a major back surgery in July 2018 to heal two hernias. These two hernias have been causing him pain and affecting his performance. The only goal is to be able to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Not only did he recover, but he also won 7 medals in 9 games last season, thus successfully returning to the World Classic. Now there is no doubt about the brakes: “If the Olympics are postponed for a year, I will definitely be involved. There is a strong team around me, and I think we will find a way to make ourselves physically and mentally do it for the next year. Get ready.”