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Sport Roger Federer demands answer on whether Tokyo Olympics will go ahead

11:40  15 may  2021
11:40  15 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Roger Federer has called on Olympics organisers to end the uncertainty around the Tokyo Games, with the 20-times Grand Slam winner saying he was still in two minds whether to compete.

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

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

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'Honestly I don't know what to think. I'm a bit between the two,' Federer, who won a doubles gold in the 2008 Beijing Games and a silver in singles four years later in London, told Swiss television station Leman Bleu on Friday.

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Roger Federer said Friday that athletes need a firm decision on whether the Tokyo Olympics are going ahead , with the tennis star saying he was in two minds over the Games. Beijing 2008 Olympic singles champion Rafael Nadal admitted Tuesday that he had not yet decided whether he would participate in Tokyo , giving himself more time to decide according to "circumstances". On Monday, Serena Williams said she was undecided about going to the Olympics , while Japanese stars Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori have both raised concerns about whether Tokyo should be hosting the

TOKYO (AP) -- Roger Federer wants to become a five-time Olympian . Already the most successful male tennis player in terms of Grand Slam singles titles, Federer wants to add another piece of hardware to his impressive collection. If he's healthy. ''My heart decided I would love to play at the ''Every Olympic Games has been very, very special to me,'' he said, adding that he figured he may as well make the announcement ''while I was actually in the city where the Olympics will take place.'' ''I just figured it was an organic place to do that,'' he said, ''so I am very happy to announce it here.''

'I would love to play in the Olympics, win a medal for Switzerland. It would make me especially proud. But if it doesn't happen because of the situation, I would be the first to understand.

'I think what the athletes need is a decision: is it going to happen or is it not going to happen?

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'At the moment, we have the impression that it will happen. We know it's a fluid situation. And you can also decide as an athlete if you want to go. If you feel there's a lot of resistance, maybe it's better not to go. I don't know.'

A petition calling for the cancellation of the rescheduled Games garnered 350,000 signatures in nine days and was submitted to organisers on Friday, raising new questions about whether the Olympics should go ahead.

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Roger Federer (left) won his only Olympic gold when he partnered Stanislas Wawrinka to victory in the doubles in Beijing in 2008 PHILIPPE HUGUEN AFP. Roger Federer said Friday that athletes need a firm decision on whether the Tokyo Olympics are going ahead , with the tennis star saying he was in two minds over the Games. An Olympics singles gold medal is the only major honour missing from the Swiss great's collection -- but the 39-year-old said he would understand if the Games were called off.

Federer is a four-time Olympian . He met his wife at the 2000 Sydney Games and twice carried Switzerland's flag at opening ceremonies. "It's been such a special event for me," he said. Federer won doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in singles at the 2012 London Games, played at Wimbledon. He missed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of injury. To play in Tokyo , Federer would likely have to get a wild-card exemption from the International Tennis Federation. He has not played the required amount of Davis Cup games to be eligible by right.

Rafa Nadal, who is tied with Federer at 20 for the most Grand Slam singles titles in men's tennis, and 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams this week said they were still unsure of competing in Tokyo.

Japan's top-ranked women's and men's tennis players - Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori - also added their voice to the concerns, saying the risks of holding the Olympics amid the pandemic should continue to be carefully discussed.

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

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'I'm glad that I could do it, with all the travelling I do,' said Federer, who will play the Geneva Open next week, his second tournament since returning in March after a year out due to knee problems.

'Even if I'm staying in Switzerland, I think there are advantages. Above all, I did it for others because I don't want to give it to anyone else, even if I still remain very careful.

'We're very careful with the family and with our friends.'

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