The chance to win Olympic gold appears to be on hold now for Herrera and the rest of the athletes scheduled to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to begin on July 24, the Games have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a long-time member of the International Olympic committee.
Dick Pound told USA Today the Olympics would not start as scheduled.
“The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know,” he said.
The IOC had not made an official comment as of Monday evening, but postponing the Olympics is a decision that has to be made in light of the devastation and disruption being caused by COVID-19 and the uncertainty of when things will get better.
Still, it’s a sobering thought that the one event intended to gather the world together and celebrate athletic competition won’t be held because of the need to keep people apart.
“We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense,” Pound told USA Today.
In comparison to losing March Madness, the NBA, NHL, golf, baseball, boxing and UFC, losing the Olympics doesn’t hit as hard to the common sports fan. The Olympics are something that captures our interest for the two weeks it’s on television with one or two special athletes resonating beyond that. Still, we are eager to watch when it’s on in hopes of witnessing a magical event that will be talked about for years to come.
The Summer Games tend to produce more individual stars from track and field, gymnastics, swimming and boxing. Perhaps things will get better, the Olympics can be rescheduled and we’ll learn more about the next group of Olympians like Herrera.