Olympics silver medalist fencer Ryo Miyake.


Olympics fencer becomes Uber Eats deliveryman after Tokyo Olympics is postponed


TOKYO – Olympics silver medalist fencer Ryo Miyake has taken on a whole new day job as a food deliveryman after the coronavirus pandemic caused the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed.

Miyake turned to delivery service Uber Eats to earn a living while also maintaining his fitness levels in a more unconventional way since fitness centres in Japan are closed due to Covid-19.

His sponsors did offer him money, but he refused to take it.

“I thought it was a little impudent to receive support in such a situation, so I told them to hold for the time being,” he told Reuters.

The Olympic Games are scheduled to start from July 23, 2021, having already been postponed a year amid the virus outbreak.

Until then, Miyake is hoping to earn a little cash while being able to exercise at the same time.

Miyake said his job as a food deliveryman turned out well as he can stay fit and earn money at the same time. He uses a bicycle for his deliveries.

He earns 2,000 yen per day and is saving his earnings for future competitions. There’s no shortage of delivery work on offer.

He isn’t worried about contracting coronavirus, saying the chances of getting infected is low. He has minimal contact with people as the food is left outside people’s doors.

Miyake is hoping that once things go back to normal, he will be able to start training with sparring partners to prepare for the Olympics. RP/Expat Media

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