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Coronavirus & The Tokyo Olympics

ByGrace White

Published on Thu Jul 29 2021

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2 min read

Coronavirus & The Tokyo Olympics

As I hear coronavirus cases keep increasing at the Tokyo Olympics, I feel like this is a topic that needs to be talked about. I hear that since Wednesday, July 28th, twenty-four people linked to the Games have tested positive — including three athletes.

Now as I am typing this, let’s keep in mind that today is Thursday so to me that seems like very fast-paced communication skills to know that information in a less-than 24-hour time span.

Moving forward, do you think it is wrong for the Olympic games to continue with hearing this news or should it be put to a stop?

I think it is important for each person to make their own decisions with continuing or choosing not to compete any longer.

Honestly, I know this is a different situation but looking at the bravery Simone Biles had to pull herself out to focus on her mental health is a great prime example of choosing for yourself what you believe is best for you.

Either action made people will always have something to say. What I mean is that if you choose to stay because you believe you are okay with being vaccinated or you maybe don’t fully believe in the virus itself (not that people aren’t being affected or getting sick) - or if you choose that you feel leaving the competition protects you and your family in the best way - no matter the choice, people WILL still talk good or bad.

I truly believe that every one of these top athletes knows how to listen to their bodies well. From their nutrition to their level of activity, they are attuned to listen to what their body is telling them.

Choose to stay or to leave based on how you feel best protected the safest, and the most comfortable to continue competing.


Of course, I realize that these decisions have to be extremely hard, especially in such a big spotlight as the World Olympics, but following your heart and what you know is right to do for yourself truly is a step of bravery that a gold medal champion would take.

Simone Biles set the perfect example for following what she feels is the right thing to do for her health amidst being one of the biggest, if not the biggest star in the Olympics.

Overall, the end choice of whether to cancel the Olympics or keep them going is up to the top staff but that does not mean you cannot make your own choice of what is best for you.



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