The postponement or cancelation of almost every major sporting event this year – including, ultimately, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games – has led to some creative means of exercising and training for Bahamian athletes.
The Bahamas’ only reigning Olympic Champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, took to Instagram with her husband Maicel Uibo, of Estonia, showing off some of the exercises that they do at home. The duo, who won silver on the same night at the 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in Doha, Qatar, a year ago, live and train out of Clermont, Florida.
Miller-Uibo was fantastic in the women’s 400 meters (m) but had to settle for silver in a new area and national record behind Salwa Eid Naser, of Bahrain, who produced the third-fastest run of all-time. Husband Maicel was equally as surprising in the men’s decathlon, grabbing silver, despite not being among the pre-event favorites.
Like athletes worldwide, their training has been interrupted with the ever-present danger of the COVID-19 pandemic. Be that as it may, the athletic couple is not letting the novel coronavirus put a stop to their training and workouts completely.
Miller-Uibo posted on Instagram: “Staying active at home is a great way to keep your mind, body and soul in tune. Here’s our creative way of staying active. Show us yours! #HomeTeam #Adidas #TheUibos @adidasrunning @adidas.” In the short video, which accompanied the post, she said that everyone has been spending a lot of time indoors, and it’s very important to keep your mind and body healthy.
The Miller-Uibos are both expected to be medal contenders in their respective events at the Olympic Games, which is now pushed to the summer of 2021, at the latest, according to a joint press release from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the government of Japan and the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) on Tuesday. The games were initially set for July 24 to August 9 in Tokyo, Japan.
While there are currently no regions in Japan where a widespread COVID-19 infection has been confirmed, qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympics have been disrupted worldwide by the spread of the virus in many countries. A number of athletes and National Olympic Committees had stated prior to the postponement that they were unable to continue training in this environment, and that this unprecedented situation has been a cause of great concern for us all.
The joint statement read: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis, and we will continue to prioritize the safety of athletes, spectators and all other games participants. As we closely monitor infection trends, we will dedicate ourselves to examining detailed plans for different scenarios. We will continue to work closely with all relevant organizations in order to meet the expectations of the athletes who have been training day and night and the fans who have been looking forward to the games for so long.
“As we seek to address this unique situation, close co-ordination with many partners, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the government of Japan, Tokyo 2020 marketing partners, broadcasters, suppliers and contractors, will be essential. We must be more united than ever in our response. Regardless, what is important now is that the world come together to overcome this crisis.”
IOC President Thomas Bach added: “We wish that the Olympic flame be a light at the end of this tunnel.”
The release further stated that the organizers will exert every possible effort to overcome this challenge and deliver the games, as cancelation is not an option.