Adam Peaty’s brutal Brexit assessment as he lashed out: ‘No idea what’s going on’
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Tokyo 2020: Adam Peaty targets more gold for Team GB

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Tokyo 2020 is officially underway as the Olympics opening ceremony signals the start of the games. The event has been engulfed by doubt and controversy, with COVID-19 casting last minute concerns on whether the games should even go ahead. On top of this, Kentaro Kobayashi, a popular entertainer in Japan, who directed the opening ceremony which will take place tonight, was sacked this week after a video clip resurfaced online of a skit in which joked about a game he called “massacre the Jews”.

One group who will be hoping to succeed despite the unusually empty stadiums and health concerns is Team GB.

Hopes are high for a number of athletes, including swimming star Adam Peaty.

He has enjoyed a spell of dominance in swimming that few athletes can boast in the world of sport.

The 26-year-old can cement his status as one of the greatest athletes of all time in Tokyo by becoming the first Briton to win back-to-back Olympic swimming titles.

Peaty was also the first to swim sub 26 seconds in the 50m breaststroke, has broken the world record eight times, won eight World Championship medals and boasts the 20 fastest times ever in his event.

However, while an expert in the pool, he once admitted that he couldn’t get his head round the political chaos in the UK.

In July 2019, he tweeted: “I have no idea what’s going on with Brexit anymore, surely I can’t be the only one.”

At the time, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was preparing to take over from Theresa May.

She had failed to get a withdrawal agreement through Parliament, and was therefore forced to step down.

Another Team GB legend replied to Peaty’s tweet with a similar sentiment.

Dame Kelly Homes replied: “Agree…what the hell is going on.”

Brexit and the Olympics may seem like two completely different worlds, but some have sought to link the two in recent years.

In the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, Team GB came second place in the medals table with 38 in total, 15 of which were gold.

Brexiteer Nigel Farage tweeted: “Go @TeamGB! Loving the Olympics. We are good enough!”

Another eurosceptic, Michael Fabricant MP, said: “The #Anglosphere are the top two medal winners in the #Olympics Yaaaaay! And all because of #Brexit.”

In 2019, the Telegraph reported that a no deal Brexit could threaten participation in sport in this country, as claimed by the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA).

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SRA’s head of policy, Leigh Thompson, said: “Most forecasts suggest no deal will have a serious impact on the UK economy and therefore public finances, which carries a real risk for sports funding at both elite and grassroots level.

“At the elite level, we know that the success of our sporting heroes at major events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games is important in inspiring the next generation to become physically active. Any reduction in funding is likely to be reflected in the medal tables.

“Even more worrying is that a reduction in funding at the top level is likely to be mirrored for grassroots participants, where vital investment by national governing bodies, Sport England and local authorities to get people to be active in their local communities could be hit.

“At a time when children’s inactivity levels are so concerning that the current Prime Minister publicly declared he would make sport and physical activity a ‘key pillar’ of his Government’s programme, any reduction in central and local government funding for sport would completely undermine this aim.

“As the Sport and Recreation Alliance has consistently called for, Government must commit to long-term investment in sport and recreation beyond Brexit. To do otherwise would be both short-sighted and counter-productive.”

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