July 23, 2021. That is the new begin date for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics. That is one 12 months till we are able to see Caroline Marks and Carissa Moore make their Olympic browsing debut, one 12 months till we are able to see Sakura Kokumai do her factor in karate, one 12 months till we are able to witness — if all goes in line with plan — Simone Biles make extra historical past in the sport of gymnastics.
To mark one 12 months till the opening ceremony in Tokyo, the Worldwide Olympic Committee and Olympic Channel put out a video to precise what athletes have been feeling by means of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic having to navigate a shift in coaching and a brand new regular in the US and round the world. It additionally encapsulates what the basic public has gone by means of throughout this time. Watch it in full above.
In the video, you may see Olympic athletes from completely different Video games in historical past. You will catch a glimpse of Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikako holding a lit lantern as an emblem of hope shifting ahead. That is footage from the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee’s event at an empty National Stadium to mark the eve of what would have been the opening ceremony this summer season. (You can watch her speech here.)
“We will not be the similar, however one 12 months from now our connection will really feel extra highly effective than ever,” the narrator says. “In any case, it is our variations that give us energy. A energy propelled by hope, unified by desires, collectively as one.”