victory for Dina Asher-Smith in Doha 2019
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 02: Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 200 metres final during day six of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 02, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

Dina Asher-Smith has said she felt “relieved” by the news of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Quoted by Athletics Weekly: “On the day that it was actually announced it was cancelled (the Olympics being held in 2020), I remember feeling relieved, in a way.”

“I think it had become unfeasible in the situation that we were in at that time. I remember thinking: ‘How am I meant to do Olympic-standard training and how am I going to keep up the shape I need and want to be in for the Olympics from training within my flat?”

Before that, I went through a period like lots of athletes did of disbelief, thinking: ‘No, don’t be silly.

It won’t be cancelled.’ Then, as everything got worse, thinking: ‘I don’t know how tenable this is.’ Then gradually just accepting: ‘Yeah, this is pretty unlikely,'” she said.

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