Published: Tue, February 02, 2021
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I would quarantine again for the Olympics, says Osaka

I would quarantine again for the Olympics, says Osaka

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has added her voice to those concerned over the safety of this year's Tokyo 2020 Olympics as her country battles to contain the spread of COVID-19, but insists she wants to play at the event and that it will be "very special" to do so.

Naomi is always quite careful in her scheduling and the Olympics Games in Tokyo would definitely be a big priority in her calendar.

Winning the accolade on Monday (Feb 1) with nearly three times as many votes as the runner-up, the 37-year-old Malaysian said she hoped the award would help to boost the profile of a sport seemingly unloved in key quarters.

Large parts of Japan are now under a state of emergency to tackle a spike in coronavirus cases, with borders closed to nearly all foreigners.

"Everyone is flying in from different places".

"Honestly I don't feel that way", Osaka said.

ATP No. 2 Rafael Nadal wanted to play in the Olympics as well but he said medical experts should have the final say in this.

'I missed out on the last one.

"Playing in Tokyo would be very special to me".

World number two Simona Halep of Romania made a decision to withdraw from Rio 2016 because of concerns over the Zika virus, but she is hoping to star at Tokyo 2020 despite the global health crisis.

'What we have to do is just follow the instructions of what the people who really have the right knowledge of all this stuff give to us, ' he told reporters on Sunday.

"We are anxious about whether competitions scheduled for March onwards - which will be used as part of the selection process for Olympic athletes - will be held as scheduled", he said on condition of anonymity.

'Combining our tour with another 15 days of quarantine to play Olympics, ' he said. "It looks hard to fix it in our calendar", said Nadal.

'I am personally planning to go for the Olympic Games.

In addition to the qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Games, worldwide events in 25 Olympic sports are now underway or scheduled for the coming weeks.

'It's going to be a lot of people obviously. Other world championships are scheduled to be held from February to July 2021, including cycling, baseball, sailing, triathlon, fencing, sailing, gymnastics, surfing, archery, modern pentathlon, table tennis and canoe. It's obviously not up to me to talk about organisation or what can be done, should be done, what will be done'.

The Czech won the women's singles bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics and savours the experience of representing her nation in the multi-sport extravaganza.

'I hope that the Olympics really will happen, for sure, ' she said.

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