Olympic postponement alters Oshonaike’s retirement plans

Foremost  female ping ponger  Olufunke Oshonaike has described the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to the Covid-19 Virus pandemic  as a setback  to retire from the sport  at the end of the quadrennial event.

Oshonaike who  will be making history as the first African female athlete to be attend seven Olympic Games in Tokyo , said she was not surprised with the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the games to 2021, adding that safety of athletes must take precedent over competition.

“I am not surprised that the games has been postponed because I was actually expecting it,”

She explained  in an interview  with NationSport.“ What I did not like initially was  people pressurizing the  IOC to make the decision earlier but it is a good development for athletes and officials now that the Olympics have been postponed.

“Personally, it is a setback to my retirement because I was planning to quit this year after the Tokyo Olympic Games ;now  my retirement has now been postponed till 2021.

“Generally, the postponement will surely give athletes the chance to prepare very well for the games and it will also help me as well. I am indeed looking forward to my last Olympic Games having started the sojourn at Atlanta 1996 in United States,” she added.

For the duo of Offiong Edem and Olajide Omotayo, the decision to shift the games was a welcome development as the COVID-19 is a threat to the world.


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