Turner Epke Zonderland has everything for a last performance at the Olympics. Even in case the Tokyo Games can continue alone next year without an audience, he wants to be there. “Preferably not without an audience, but if it is, then I want to go,” said the 2012 Olympic champion in Studio Sport.
The Tokyo Games have been postponed by one year to the summer of 2021 because of the corona pandemic. President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee said earlier this week that another postponement will not happen. Then the Games in Tokyo will stop at all.
“I think it is an option to keep the Games without an audience. It will be atmospheric if everyone can only follow it through the tube, also for the athletes. Once again a challenge, I would say. I want to seize the opportunity to participate, because Olympics without an audience are also a unique event. “
The value of the medal is no less, according to the Frisian. “In that situation, all athletes do their utmost to be the best and a medal still says a lot, but the experience will be different.”