I was looking forward to the Olympics – Mashiane


Kaizer Chiefs left-back Happy Mashiane has expressed his disappointment after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill but admits that it is better to be safe than sorry.

“Covid-19 is a serious concern to the world. I wish that the solution that will stop the spread of the disease could be found as quickly as possible because this can cause much damage to all of us,” Mashiane told the club’s official website – KaizerChiefs.com

“I was looking forward to the 2020 Olympics, but now what matters is getting over the pandemic,” he added.

In a joint statement, the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said that based on the present circumstances and the information given by the World Health Organization (WHO) it is best to postpone the Olympic Games by a year.

The Games were scheduled to run from from 23 July to 8 August 2020.

“Hearing such news at first was sad. However, after clearly getting detailed information about the global disaster really changed my perspective,” admitted Mashiane.

“The IOC President, Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

“I realised it is better to be safe than sorry. We’d rather all be safe from illness so that we can be fit to play in the future. It appears that the solution for now is social distancing and being hygienic at all times. We need to support the government’s efforts in fighting the disease,” said Mashiane.

Mashiane was part of the South African U-23 National team that qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by finishing in the top three at the U23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Egypt in November 2019.

The 22-year-old exciting defender is one of Chiefs’ five players that were included by David Notoane in a squad of 78 provincial players to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Others are: Njabulo Blom, Reeve Frosler, Siyabonga Ngezana and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.

Ngezana has echoed similar sentiments stating that It was devastating to learn that the Olympics Games are postponed.

“But more than the Olympics, we cannot function as usual when we are confronted with this serious pandemic.

“The world is facing this crisis of the Coronavirus and all what we are all trying is doing our best to stay safe. We are in it together,” said the hard-tackling.

The duo, Mashiane and Ngezana said that they are following the guidelines provided by the ‘Amakhosi’ technical team by staying indoors – practicing social distancing and being hygienic at all times.

“I stay indoors and grateful to be spending time with my family. It is rare for us footballers to spend time with family because for most of our time, we are on the road, in camps and training,” concluded Ngezana.

RELATED STORY:Chiefs defender Ngezana not for sale

By FARPost Reporter 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *