One more year to go

23 April 2020    Décision 35  

The Games are postponed for one year. The news is big, but the pandemic situation has left the organizers of the world’s largest sporting event with no choice. The dates remain unchanged (23 July to 8 August), but Tokyo 2020 becomes Tokyo 2021. A difficult announcement for some sailors, but also an opportunity for others. That leaves one more year to train hard and progress, in order to reach the Games with a higher level. This is the case for Sébastien and Lucien, who are patiently waiting for the regattas to resume and are training physically in Switzerland.

Sebastien Schneiter, 49er helmsman: It’s still a shock, even if we were expecting it. But it’s certainly the right decision to make! Now I think it’s a big opportunity for the whole SST team because we’re young and we’re all on an upward slope with a good margin for improvement. In one year we will be able to aim for better performances.

Lucien Cujean, 49er crew : The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is extraordinary, but it was surely the right thing to do. It’s still a big change in our program, I hope that all the sportsmen and women will be able to extend their training until then. For our part, we’re going to take advantage of the situation in order to continue to progress and increase our chances for the Olympics!

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