Moana disappointed with cancellation of Olympics

Moana Wind after receiving her gold medal at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. Picture: TALEBULA KATE/FILE

FIJI Swimming athlete Moana Wind is saddened by the news of the Olympics Games being cancelled because of the effects of COVID-19.

The Fiji Sportswoman of the Year who is aiming for a spot in the Swimming Fiji team to the Olympics and is currently in New Zealand training as part of her buildup for the July games.

“It is what it is,” she said.

“For me to be honest I’m not really sure how to feel. It is really disappointing but it is what it is.

“Now what we can do is wait and see and hope for the best.”

The St Joseph’s Secondary school student said the place where she was staying had confirmed some cases of corona virus but the whole of New Zealand was on lockdown for the next four weeks.

“Everything is on hold,” Moana said yesterday.

“We have been waiting for three year for this event. “Everyone is expecting this Olympic Games but I guess the International Olympics Committee have made the right decision in cancelling the games and moving it next year meaning more preparation for us athletes.”

She added that she had been training well for the past months. International Olympic committee president Thomas Bach stressed during a media teleconference on Wednesday that in the face of the unprecedented challenge the postponed Olympics Games 2020 will need the commitment of all stakeholders involved to give the athletes the assurance that their Olympic dreams can still come true.

The 2020 Olympics was to have been hosted by Tokyo, Japan from July.

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