By Waylon Galvez
While there’s a feeling of sadness as the Tokyo Olympics has been moved to next year, Rio Games silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz said that it was the right thing to do.
“I’m sad pero ayoko maging selfish,” Diaz said in a message to Manila Bulletin after reports came out on the agreement between Japanese organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to stage the Tokyo Olympics next year.
No less than Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC chief Thomas Bach discussed and agreed on the postponement.
Diaz, who is in Kuala Lumpur with her “Team HD” of Chinese coach Kaiwen Gao, strength and conditioning mentor Julius Naranjo and massage therapist Belen Bañas, said that it’s all about the health security of everyone involved in the Olympics that is the primary concern.
“Ang pinag-usapan na kasi dito is safety na naming mga athletes and spectators,” Diaz said. “Kung magkita-kita sa Olympics tapos ma-infect pa, mas lalong magiging malala.
“Puwede naman maghintay and magre-strategize na lang kami ulit.”
The 28-year-old Diaz said that a year of waiting for the Olympics is a bit long but being an athlete who is used to sacrifice, this is just a small price to pay to help in the efforts to stop the spread of the disease.
“Medyo matagal-tagal na paghihintay at sakripisyo pero nandito na ko, malapit na. Kailangan lang ng pasensya,” said Diaz.
“With the virus, I don’t know what to say. Siguro kapag may solution na ang problema at may vaccine na baka maging kampante na ako or tayo. Nag-create siya ng fear at trauma sating lahat. I’m praying na matatapos din ito at marami tayong matutunan sa virus na ito.”