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Van Avermaet on the postponement of Tokyo2020

It’s obviously disappointing to see the Olympic Games postponed as they were a big goal for me this year. But, I completely support the decision as it is clear at a time like this that health and safety are the biggest priority and it wouldn’t have been possible to safely stage an event like the Olympic Games with thousands of people coming from all over the world. I think postponing the Games was the only possible option as we face so many uncertainties in the coming months and it would not have provided a fair playing field with everyone’s preparation and training put on hold right now. Even the selection process for teams would have been impossible.

Of course, the postponement means I will be another year older which isn’t ideal but I know I will be as motivated as ever next year. It is an honor to be the Olympic Champion and now I will enjoy some more time wearing the gold bands on my CCC Team jersey and of course, I hope I can wear them beyond 2021 as well.

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