AOC CEO Matt Carroll announced yesterday that due to the unprecedented effects of COVID-19, the Australian Olympic Committee would not be fielding a Team for Tokyo 2020, and the support of athletes, National Federations and fans alike embodied the true meaning of the Olympic Spirit.
Although disheartened, the Australian athlete community was overwhelmingly supportive of the news, which places athlete, sport, fan and community safety above all else.
To all the athletes. Amongst the job losses and uncertainty around the world, it might not be understood how you too may have lost your job and feel a lack of purpose. Many of you work tirelessly every day without reward, without recognition all striving towards your goals, a moment in time to show what you’ve sacrificed your normal life for, years of commitment and discipline. I hope you know you are appreciated, acknowledged and that this is just another setback, like many you’ve had, and you will overcome it like every other time before. I just wanted to say - you’ve got this. Keep being awesome, keep inspiring and be the best you can be. Sport brings people together, so we need you. #sport @olympicchannel @olympics @owi_aus @ausolympicteam @sportaus @vicinstsport @drinkutonic @aerosphere @wayneritchies @karbonsports @xtm_performance @7olympics @7sportau @fisfreestyle
Heartbroken but not surprised. This virus has swept the world, shattering so many peoples' dreams and visions of the future. Yesterday it was Olympic athletes turn to have their worlds turned upside down. . The news that the Games would be postponed indefinitely (but hopefully until 2021) came as no great surprise but still sent shock waves through the Olympic community. To be honest, I'm left reeling and feeling a little lost. But the goal posts haven't disappeared - just shifted. It's time to recalibrate and fire up for the next challenge 💪 . Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages, the outpouring of support makes me proud to be Australian. I'm thinking of everyone who has been affected by this pandemic, let's stick together through these times and come out a stronger more united community. We are all in this together. . Sending love to everyone, stay safe, stay healthy and maybe grab a bottle of wine or two 🍷💕 . #Olympics2021#samedream @ausolympicteam @dolphinsaus
Still smack bang front of mind, no matter when, no matter how far away 👀🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/G5yYwCsTxU— Jenna McCormick (@jen_mccormick) March 23, 2020
People around the world have had life as they know it completely shaken and replaced with uncertainty and questions. It is now our turn, as Olympic athletes, for our world to be flipped upside down. In the short time since the news the Tokyo Olympics Games will be postponed, I have ridden not just a rollercoaster but the entire theme park of emotions. I am devastated for myself, my team, Australian athletes and all those striving to compete at the Tokyo Olympics around the world. I was shocked when the postponement became a reality but at the same time, I am not surprised. I feel lost. I am overwhelmed with questions and thoughts of everyone impacted by the pandemic. This is unprecedented and the uncertainty can be overwhelming. Please reach out for help it you need it. I am relieved. Athletes around the world will now have the chance at a proper preparation and the Olympics can, on whatever date they are held, continue to be a coming together of the world's best at their best. I feel love from my team and from all your messages of support. Thank you, it really means a lot. Our Olympic dream is not over, just on hold right now. 💚💛 Stay safe and well. Look after your mental health, practice social distancing, wash your hands. We can curb the spread, protect each other, get through this together. #Olympics2021 #dreamliveson #washyourhands #spreadlove @waterpoloaus @ausolympicteam
Focus. Focussing on what I can control at the moment, & adapting to the situation for things we can’t control... and things may change, but we can all adapt and do the best we can, listen & be informed, not panic and be responsible and lookout for each other. I’m grateful for the moments on the water.. Stay safe and healthy everyone. 📸@powell.mark
I’m very proud of our @SoftballOz Olympic squad and all the mental and physical efforts they have put in so far. Yesterday’s call wasn’t easy but we’ll look after everyone and be back for a big tilt at @Olympics Gold in 2021. @AUSOlympicTeam— David Pryles (@dbp2811) March 23, 2020
It’s moments like these that stoke the dream and keep it burning. Much love to all athletes round the world who are feeling the collapsing and recalibration of their dreams. Very hard to process but in the end the right decision for health and safety. As for me, in the words of Arnie, ‘I’ll be back’ #Olympics2021
Our thoughts are with all athletes impacted by this, our member sports and our colleagues at the @AUSOlympicTeam, along with the many international federations and associations impacted by these uncertain times. https://t.co/IyzmFz0PXb— Comm Games AUS (@CommGamesAUS) March 23, 2020
Athletics Australia completely supports the view of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Paralympics Australia to postpone the Olympic and Paralympic Games until July 2021. — Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) March 23, 2020
While it has been a heartbreaking day for many athletes around Australia (and the world) it’s important to keep in mind that tough times never last but tough people do ✊ The world will come out the other side stronger, smarter and hopefully more compassionate. Stay positive. Stay safe. #tokyotogether
Swimming Australia has welcomed the acknowledgement by the AOC that an Australian Olympic team could not be assembled in 2020 considering current global circumstances.— Swimming Australia (@SwimmingAUS) March 23, 2020
🌏The last 24hours in Australia have seen many developments. Our prime minister issued a lockdown which will undoubtedly have adverse affects on many businesses and industries, including gyms and sporting centres. But after seeing how Australia as a nation can come together to support each other as we did with the bushfires, it’s time for Australia to come together (not literally) again and take this seriously and listen to our guidelines on distancing and socialising. This is crucial in where our country ends up and whether we can be a nation that can #flattenthecurve and bounce back or one that causes our healthcare system to collapse. 🏸@ausolympicteam has supported a postponement of the Olympic Games, putting the health of athletes, their families and importantly the public first. It was great to be able to voice our view as an athlete to the AOC and know that they took on board our thoughts and concerns. Despite the Olympics being every athletes dream and biggest goal, the greatest sporting event in the world wouldn’t be the same without athletes being able to perform at their best and due to so many athletes facing difficulties in terms of training, access to facilities and postponed and cancelled qualification events now is not the time for the worlds greatest show, it’s time for the world to put its focus on its greatest fight yet. Instead of countries coming together to cheer their athletes lets unite against and beat the virus! The next few weeks the International Olympic Committee will provide more information on a potential postponement til 2021 🙏🏼🙌🏻 Wishing everyone a safe journey to humanities recovery 🌱🌏 #staysafe #staysane #stayhealthy #TokyoTogether
…We are one, but we are many And from all the lands on earth we come We'll share a dream and sing with one voice "I am, you are, we are Australian" With events being postponed daily and health and safety a number 1 priority. The @olympics was the next question on all athletes minds! @ausolympicteam updated today that the Australian team plan for a reschedule of Tokyo! Other countries like Canada have recently announced the same stance towards a rescheduled #TokyoTogether plan! TBC dates/ plans from the International Olympic Committee will come in the following month ahead! #bmx #bmxracing #olympics #olympicgames #tokyotogether #covid19 #coronavirus #2020olympics #sport #australia #tokyo2020
Athletes excel at dealing with adversity and overcoming challenges. We will stick together and tackle the challenges ahead #TokyoTogether #staystrong. #Repost @ausolympicteam ・・・ Our athletes need to prioritise their own health and the health of those around them during this challenging time, and it has become clear that the #Tokyo2020 #OlympicGames can’t be held in July. Aussie athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing this year, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them. Therefore, Australian athletes should prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021. While there will still be much to work out as a result of this change, the timing will allow athletes from around the world to properly prepare with the hope the #coronavirus crisis will be under control. Over the coming week and months, we will continue to work towards #TokyoTogether. 🔗 to media release in our Instagram story.
It’s been the craziest 24 hours. For now we will put a pause on the dream and represent our country the best we can by staying home. The health of everyone around us is so important and in times like these it’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves, but then we realise the bigger picture, it’s a time to come together and get through this as best we can 🇦🇺 Today I will begin a 22 hour drive to be home with my loved ones. Keep smiling everyone, it’s tough but we are tougher! ❤️
..and just like that there will be no 2020 Olympic Games for me nor the rest of Australia. The Australian Government has banned international travel prompting the @ausolympicteam to withdraw from competing at the Olympic Games if it is to be held in 2020. If the International Olympic Committee defers the Games till 2021, we will get the opportunity to compete. The decision will be made in the next 4 weeks (however I feel this will come sooner). This has certainly thrown a spanner in the works, but I stand by the @ausolympicteam and their decision. A Games cannot be held in 4 months’ time. • • We are fortunate to still be able to train, but other sports and other countries are far less fortunate. The @olympics is supposed to be fair and equal for all. • • At the end of the day, this is just sport. COVID-19 won’t wait. Lives are at risk and this crisis needs to be dealt with. • • We will continue to chip away at what we can until further decisions are made, but for now, listen to those in charge, make good decisions, and think of those less fortunate and more vulnerable than you. • • We will get through this.. but we need to do it together. ✨🙏🏼❤️ • • #covid_19 #olympicgames #tokyo2020 📸 @hikarimedia