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Athletes react to new dates for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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31 Mar 2020
Olympic News, Tokyo 2020
Katinka Hosszu, Alise Willoughby, and others react as 23 July–8 August 2021 are announced as the new dates for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Olympic champion swimmer Katinka Hosszu posted a photo of herself smiling, saying as an athlete she felt "lucky … in this unlucky situation" to now know the dates of the Games and have a full year to prepare.

American BMX racer and Olympic silver medallist Alise Post-Willoughby was among the first to react, posting a smiling emoji on social media while sending "smiles and gratitude" to her sponsors and family.

Mexican diver Rommel Pacheco reminded his followers to "stay home, maintain ourselves, and end the emergency to continue preparing ourselves", adding that "I insist today the most important thing is everyone's health".

British gymnast Becky Downie, who is retiring after the Games, said she was "ready for the final chapter".

Team USA are ready for the rescheduled Games, too, posting a series of photos of their Olympians with the new start date.

Also ready for the new dates are the next hosts of the Olympic Games after Tokyo. Paris 2024 say: "count on us, we will be there".

And USA Basketball are ready to defend their titles.

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