Olympic gold-medallist has lauded the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision of postponing the Olympics. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach on mutual agreement decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until 2021 due to the problematic global situation arising out of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Hailing the IOC’s decision of the decision Bindra said that the decision was taken quite promptly because there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding whether the Games would happen or not. “I think the decision was taken timely. It is a very complicated decision which had to be taken.
“The athletes can now calm down a little bit and firstly make sure that they stay healthy and people around them stay healthy. That is the most important thing,” Bindra was quoted as saying by the media.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics gold-medallist further mentioned how they had a call with 200 athlete representatives recently where there were discussions about the Games. For Bindra, the welfare of the athletes is of prime importance and he was happy to see the IOC further taking a decision in the best interest of the athlete community.
“This is an unprecedented situation. The IOC has always been guided by the principle that the health of all the athletes and of all who are associated with the Games is paramount and had to act responsibly in the containment of the virus. It’s absolutely the right decision that’s been taken.”
According to the decorated 10m rifle shooter, athletes are the most resilient people as they take challenges in a sporting way and amend the laid out plans based on the situation. “But the priority for everybody remains to take care of their health,” he said.
Bindra who is currently a part of the IOC’s Athlete Commission further stressed on how unfair it would have been for the athletes: “I think that would have been much more unfair because the athletes wouldn’t have had an equal opportunity to train. Also, the qualification process is complicated. But now that there’s enough time, once everything calms down – hopefully soon – the athletes can go back to training and plan their year ahead.”