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Japan’s top fencer and Olympic medal winner ‘Ryo Miyake’ turns delivery boy amid Covid-19

The novel coronavirus has turned the world upside down. Be it business, entertainment, sports, everybody is suffering. Some people are trying desperate measures for survival while some are trying new ways to keep themselves motivated during tough times.

One such person is Ryo Miyake. 29-year-old Miyake is from Japan. He is a member of the Japanese Olympic fencing team, who won silver in the team foil at the London Olympics in 2012 and was waiting to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 but the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After the Olympics were postponed and training facilities were also closed due to the lockdown, Miyake found it tough to focus on his training and wondered what he could do to keep himself in the zone and also keep himself physically and mentally active. Soon he hit upon an idea.

Miyake joined UberEATS as a delivery boy. According to him this helped him keep in shape physically and mentally and also helped him financially.

“I started this for two reasons, to save money for traveling (to future competitions) and to keep myself in physical shape,” he told AFP. “I see how much I am earning on the phone, but the number is not just money for me. It’s a score to keep me going.”

Like most of the world’s top athletes, he is in limbo as the virus forces competitions to be canceled and plays havoc with training schedules. “I don’t know when I can resume training or when the next tournament will take place.

I don’t even know if I can keep up my mental condition or motivation for another year,” he said. “No one knows how the qualification process will go. Pretending everything is OK for the competition is simply irresponsible.”

The International Olympics Committee has set the new date for the Olympics on July 23, 2021. But with no vaccine available for the coronavirus that has killed nearly 300,000 worldwide, even that hangs in the balance.

Chetan Uniyal

I love to write, love to read and explore the different interesting things happening around the world. I always had a curious and inquisitive mind.

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