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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Athletes' training set back after virus delays Tokyo Olympics

Lockdowns make finding training venues and taking part in trials more difficult

U.S. track and field athlete Paul Chelimo, left, and British table tennis player Kim Daybell. (Photo courtesy of Xendurance and International Table Tennis Federation)

NEW YORK/SAO PAULO -- One of the consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic was the forced postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by one year, which has also made it difficult for athletes to keep training due to travel restrictions and for Olympic trials to take place as scheduled.

"I don't want [the Olympics] to be pushed back much further. Because the older I get, the closer I get to retirement," said track and field athlete Paul Chelimo, who won a silver medal in the 5,000 meters at the 2016 Rio Olympics, in an interview with Nikkei.

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