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Roger Federer calls for end to Tokyo Olympics uncertainty

The Olympics are set to run from July 23 to August 8 after being postponed in March final 12 months over the coronavirus pandemic.

But Japan, battling a surge of infections, has prolonged till the end of May a state of emergency in its capital, Tokyo, and three areas.

“Honestly I do not know what to suppose. I’m a bit between the 2,” Federer, who gained a doubles gold within the 2008 Beijing Games and a silver in singles 4 years later in London, advised Swiss tv station Leman Bleu on Friday.

“I’d love to play within the Olympics, win a medal for Switzerland. It would make me particularly proud. But if it does not occur due to the state of affairs, I’d be the primary to perceive.

“I believe what the athletes want is a call: is it going to occur or is it not going to occur?

“At the second, we’ve got the impression that it’s going to occur. We know it is a fluid state of affairs. And it’s also possible to resolve as an athlete if you’d like to go. If you are feeling there’s numerous resistance, perhaps it is higher not to go. I do not know.”

Federer plays a shot at the Qatar Open on March 11.
A petition calling for the cancellation of the rescheduled Games garnered 350,000 signatures in 9 days and was submitted to organizers on Friday, elevating new questions on whether or not the Olympics ought to go forward.

Rafael Nadal, who’s tied with Federer at 20 for essentially the most grand slam singles titles in males’s tennis, and 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams this week mentioned they had been nonetheless not sure of competing in Tokyo.

Japan’s top-ranked ladies’s and males’s tennis gamers — Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori — additionally added their voices to the issues, saying the dangers of holding the Olympics amid the pandemic ought to proceed to be rigorously mentioned.

Federer, a father of 4, mentioned he had taken the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

“I’m glad that I may do it, with all of the touring I do,” mentioned Federer, who will play the Geneva Open subsequent week, his second match since returning in March after a 12 months out due to knee issues.

“Even if I’m staying in Switzerland, I believe there are benefits. Above all, I did it for others as a result of I do not need to give it to anybody else, even when I nonetheless stay very cautious.

“We’re very cautious with the household and with our buddies.”

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