Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
This Olympian has asked if anyone “can help him put 2021” on his ‘Tokyo 2020’ tattoo after this summer’s games were put back a year.
Paraguayan long-distance runner Derlys Ayala, 30, reportedly got the tattoo after he qualified for the Olympics after finishing fifth overall in the Buenos Aires Marathon on 22nd September 2019.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were initially set to start on 24th July this year but have since been moved to the summer of 2021 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.
The picture shows Ayala’s tattoo on his right calf with ‘Tokyo 2020’ written above the five Olympic rings. He captioned the snap: “Can someone help me put 2021.”
Despite the International Olympics Committee saying the games will keep the name ‘Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020’ netizens took to social media to give Ayala some of their ideas with ‘erickhernandez4654’ writing: “Tokio 2020+1”
‘rpperezv’ commented: “Take advantage of the 0 to write 0ne.”
‘Fabior46’ joked: “Take it easy. You’ll be able to say that you have a unique tattoo in the world.”
Ayala qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after finished first among South American runners and fifth overall in the Buenos Aires Marathon last year.
He represented Paraguay in the marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in the Rio de Janeiro finishing in the 136th position.
He won a bronze medal in the 3,000-metre steeplechase 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championship and holds several national records including in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres.
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