Dina Asher-Smith has said she felt “relieved” by the news of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Quoted by Athletics Weekly: “On the day that it was actually announced it was cancelled (the Olympics being held in 2020), I remember feeling relieved, in a way.”

“I think it had become unfeasible in the situation that we were in at that time. I remember thinking: ‘How am I meant to do Olympic-standard training and how am I going to keep up the shape I need and want to be in for the Olympics from training within my flat?”

Before that, I went through a period like lots of athletes did of disbelief, thinking: ‘No, don’t be silly.

It won’t be cancelled.’ Then, as everything got worse, thinking: ‘I don’t know how tenable this is.’ Then gradually just accepting: ‘Yeah, this is pretty unlikely,'” she said.


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