The biggest sporting event of the year, the Tokyo Olympics 2021, might be called off according to reports in Tokyo. The former chief executive of the 2012 London Olympics, Sir Keith Mills, gave insights on the current scenario. To begin with, he stressed that the organizers in Japan should start making cancellation plans.
The event had been scheduled for last year, but it got canceled due to the pandemic outbreak. This year, too, the result is headed in the same direction. For the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, this could be the end of his Olympic Gold quest.
“I’m sure they have plans for a cancellation”
Presently, Japan is in a state of emergency as another COVID-19 outbreak hit them recently. If the situation gets better, the event might begin as scheduled on July 23. However, this looks unlikely from every angle.
A report even suggested that the Japanese government has privately canceled the event and is looking to book a place in 2032. Therefore, the 39-year-old Federer’s dream of over 20 years of winning an Olympic gold might remain unfulfilled.
“If I was sitting in the shoes of the organizing committee in Tokyo, I would be making plans for a cancellation. And I’m sure they have plans for a cancellation. They’ve got another month or so before they need to make a call,” Mills said.
Olympic Gold still missing from Federer’s trophy cabinet
Federer has participated in the Olympics four times. His biggest achievement came at the 2012 London Olympics, where he won the silver medal. In the finals, the former World No.1 Andy Murray denied him the Gold.
Federer had later withdrawn from the 2016 Rio Olympics due to injury. But Swiss had been dreaming of making a comeback and grabbing what was missing from his trophy cabinet.
Earlier, the the 20 time Major winner had revealed that he was looking forward to playing in the Tokyo Olympics and winning there. However, the latest news of the Tokyo Games being cancelled might prove to be heartbreaking for the Swiss.
Fans are still hoping that Federer will pick up his 21st Slam on the ATP Tour and make up for his Olympic loss.