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Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Tokyo Olympics citing empty stadiums and injury



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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has confirmed his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics, saying a ban on spectators attending the Games was an element behind his determination.

Games organisers introduced on Thursday that Tokyo venues for the pandemic-delayed occasion won’t host spectators as a result of metropolis’s coronavirus state of emergency.

The new state of emergency for the capital will run from July 12 to August 22 – overlaying the 16 days of the embattled Games in its entirety.

In a press release posted on Twitter, Kyrgios wrote: “It’s a choice I didn’t make calmly. It’s been my dream to signify Australia on the Olympics and I do know I could by no means get that chance once more.

“But I additionally know myself. The thought of enjoying in entrance of empty stadiums simply doesn’t sit proper with me. It by no means has.”

Australia's Nick Kyrgios falls as he returns to France's Ugo Humbert during their men's singles first round match on the third day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios falls as he returns to France’s Ugo Humbert throughout their males’s singles first spherical match on the third day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

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There are a complete of 42 venues listed on the Tokyo 2020 web site. Twenty-five are in Tokyo and the remainder are in seven different prefectures.

However, three prefectures close to Tokyo – Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama – won’t have spectators at Olympic competitors venues, in response to Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto.

Miyagi, Fukushima, and Shizuoka prefectures have determined that venues could be stuffed to 50% of capability with a most of 10,000 spectators, added Hashimoto.

Kyrgios celebrates his over Ugo Humbert of France.

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Kyrgios celebrates his over Ugo Humbert of France.

Kyrgios was initially named within the 11-member Australian Olympics tennis staff, comprising six males and 5 ladies, on the finish of June.

The 26-year-old, although, had already forged doubts about his participation on the Games after he retired with an belly injury throughout his Wimbledon third-round match with Felix Auger-Aliassime on Saturday.

“I wouldn’t need to take the chance away from a wholesome Aussie athlete able to signify the nation,” Krygios added.

“I will even take on a regular basis I have to get my physique proper.”

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