For many, Naomi Osaka was meant to be the face of the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. Of course, the Japanese sensation was extremely keen on playing the Games, but eventually that was postponed of 1 year because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Naomi decided to take on Social Media to share her thoughts and support the Prime Minister Abe and IOC for postponing the Olympics.
This was the message:
“I’ve been thinking about how to articulate my thoughts on this for a couple of days now, so here goes. Everyone knows how much the Olympics means to me and how proud I will be to participate in my home country. Of course, I am disappointed that it won’t happen this year, but we’ll all be ready to go stronger than ever in 2021! I support Prime Minister Abe’s brave decision and the IOC 100%.
Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now. This is the time for people from all countries, backgrounds and races to rally together to save as many lives as we can.
To me, that is the Olympic spirit. To the people of Japan: stay strong, hang in there, and let’s show the world our beautiful country when the time is right in 2021. Stay safe everyone, take care of each other, be kind and we will make it through.
Naomi Osaka’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.10, the Japanese played her last match on the 7th of February when she was defeated by Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-3 in the Rubber 1 of the Fed Cup.
Naomi Osaka’s most significant result of this year was getting to the semi-finals in Brisbane.