0 no! Olympic athlete advocates for tattooists to change his Tokyo 2020 body art to 2021 after the Games have been postponed for a year
- Paraguayan runner Derlis Ayala, 30, has a ‘Tokyo 2020’ tattoo
- He asked for help changing the ‘0’ because the games have been moved
- Social media users suggested he could get ‘2020 + 1’ or make it ‘0ne’
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An Olympic athlete has made a desperate plea for help after getting a ‘Tokyo 2020’ tattoo.
30-year-old Paraguayan runner Derlis Ayala got the body art when he qualified in September last year after finishing first among South American athletes and finishing fifth in the Buenos Aires Marathon.
But he has now called on a tattoo artist to change the ‘0’ because the Olympics have been cut by a year.
Tokyo 2020 was scheduled for July 24, but has been moved to the summer of 2021 as athletes’ intensive training schedules are disrupted by the corona virus.
30-year-old Paraguayan runner Derlis Ayala got the above tattoo when he qualified for the races in September last year. But now he wants it to change
He asks for help to change the last 0 on his right calf. He is pictured above
Mr. Ayala has the tattoo on his right calf, with the phrase ‘Tokyo 2020’ written under five Olympic rings.
He uploaded it to social media with the caption, “Can anyone help me put 2021?
“When I got it done, they told me … and if it changes town …”
Social media users have suggested that he could try 2020 + 1, use the 0 to write 0ne, or just tell others that he has a unique tattoo.
The athlete also attended the last Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, finishing in 136th place.
He won a bronze medal in the 3000-meter Pan American Junior Athletics Championship in the 2009 steeplechase and set several national records, including in the 5000 meters and the 10,000 meters.
The International Olympic Committee has said that despite the change, the event will retain the name ‘Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games’.
The athlete also attended the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he finished 136th in the men’s marathon
The athlete is pictured above training for the Olympics in Paraguay, South America
The games were postponed after Australia and Canada withdrew from the league, and the US and UK said they would not participate unless the date was moved.
Japan was forced to make the decision, after previously saying it would hold consultations for a month on that date.
It is the first time that the Olympic Games have ever been postponed, although they were completely canceled due to the World Wars in 1916, 1940 and 1944.