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Will the games be fair?

Tia McDougall
NewZealand Rowing

New Zealand Olympians question if every athlete will have equal chances at the 2021 Olympic games.

While most athletes are excited to see how much they can improve over the next year, some are feeling the serious negative effect of New Zealand's level 4 lockdown response to COVID-19.

New Zealand rower Beth Ross says the women's coxed eight are unable to get on the water or be near each other because of social distancing guidelines in both alert levels 3 and 4. 

National American rowing teams are able to keep training for the games while others cannot.

"It's also disappointing we won't know how the crew are comparing without any international competitions which adds pressure and nerves," Ross said. 

New Zealand diver Liam Stone is also gutted he can't even practise his sport because swimming pools are closed.

Stone noted some Australian divers are still able to train because a couple of their pools remain open. 

Samantha Charlton, Black Sticks team member, wants to know at what level teams can be together again, as keeping two meters from each other is unrealistic for team training. 

The New Zealand Olympic Committee encourages athletes to keep active at home and enjoy these new challenges.

The games are set to start on July 23, 2021.