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Rebecca Adlington says Tokyo 2020 must be done “safely” if it goes ahead

Rebecca Adlington on the British Olympic team Parade in London.
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Former double Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington has said that if the Tokyo games go ahead, it has got to be done safely.

Rebecca spoke to Yorkshire Voice following the announcement that Yorkshire brothers Max and Joe Litchfield are to join the Team GB swim team.

The Pontefract duo are the third set of brothers to represent Team GB in an Olympic swimming meet, making Team GB history.

Rebecca said: “What an amazing opportunity as brothers to be side by side.

“Most places up and down the country, no matter where you’re from, you’ve got so many inspirational sports people in that city.”

Max and Joe are joining the likes of the Brownlee brothers, Jessica Ennis and Nicola Adams on the long list of sporting talent that has come out of Yorkshire.

Alistair Brownlee’s golden postbox in Horsforth, Leeds, celebrating his gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games

In 2012, Yorkshire as a region could have finished twelfth overall if it was considered an independent country.

Rebecca said: “The depth of Team GB now is absolutely amazing.”

It is still unclear as to whether the Olympics will be going ahead this summer.

Rebecca said: “Every single person, whether you’re the athletes, you’re family, friends, whether you’re a fan, want this summer to happen, but obviously it’s got to be done safely, and in the right way.”

Hear more of what Rebecca had to say about Max and Joe:

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