GB diver Tom Daley says Tokyo 2020 postponement is 'worth the sacrifice to keep people safe'

Tom Daley says it is important for everyone to work together to fight the virus (PA Images)
Tom Daley says it is important for everyone to work together to fight the virus (PA Images)
18:56pm, Fri 27 Mar 2020
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Team GB diver Tom Daley says the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is 'well worth the sacrifice to help keep people safe'.

The 25 year-old, who has competed at two Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016, believes it is important that everyone 'works together' through these challenging times.

He told inews: "As I watched every other sporting event being shut down, I knew it was inevitable that the Olympics would be cancelled but still, when I heard the news on Tuesday, it did make me feel a bit numb. 

"But waiting one more year to reach for our dreams is well worth the sacrifice to help keep people safe. Fighting the coronavirus is far, far bigger than the Olympics."

And as Daley is in self-isolation with his pool shut, he is having to adapt to training from home. 

The three-time World Champion said: "I’ve been using visualisation techniques to help me think through the diving routines I do. 

"Practicing mindfulness is very important at a time when isolation can raise mental health issues so headspace and other calming apps are good, meditation too."

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