Japanese fencer Ryo Miyake now delivering food for Uber Eats in Tokyo to earn extra cash, maintain fitness

Japanese fencer Ryo Miyake now delivering food for Uber Eats in Tokyo to earn extra cash, maintain fitness

With his Olympics preparations in tatters, Japanese fencer Ryo Miyake has begun delivering food for Uber Eats as a way to keep up his fitness and bring in a little extra cash during the enforced coronavirus lockdown.

In March, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government took the unprecedented decision to delay the Games, due to start this July, for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Having won silver in the men’s team foil at London 2012, Miyake had a raft of sponsors backing him in the lead-up to the Games on home soil.

But with all competitions now cancelled for the foreseeable future and the Olympics pushed back a year, Miyake felt he couldn’t accept sponsorship money in good conscience.

“It is still unclear how and in what situation I will become an Olympian,” Miyake told Reuters on Tuesday.

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

With no access to a gym due to Japan’s coronavirus lockdown, Miyake said he was looking for a way to make money and maintain his fitness at the same time.

Delivering food for Uber Eats on his bicycle fits the bill, and Miyake said he enjoyed the flexibility provided by the app as well as being able to work up a sweat while on the job.

He only earns about 2,000 yen ($18.60) a day working for Uber Eats, but Miyake said that added to his savings this means he has enough to survive without sponsorship. He is also looking for other ways to earn money around his training regime.
With his Olympics preparations in tatters, Japanese fencer Ryo Miyake has begun delivering food for Uber Eats as a way to keep up his fitness and bring in a little extra cash during the enforced coronavirus lockdown.

In March, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government took the unprecedented decision to delay the Games, due to start this July, for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Having won silver in the men’s team foil at London 2012, Miyake had a raft of sponsors backing him in the lead-up to the Games on home soil.

But with all competitions now cancelled for the foreseeable future and the Olympics pushed back a year, Miyake felt he couldn’t accept sponsorship money in good conscience.

“It is still unclear how and in what situation I will become an Olympian,” Miyake told Reuters on Tuesday.

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

With no access to a gym due to Japan’s coronavirus lockdown, Miyake said he was looking for a way to make money and maintain his fitness at the same time.

Delivering food for Uber Eats on his bicycle fits the bill, and Miyake said he enjoyed the flexibility provided by the app as well as being able to work up a sweat while on the job.

He only earns about 2,000 yen ($18.60) a day working for Uber Eats, but Miyake said that added to his savings this means he has enough to survive without sponsorship. He is also looking for other ways to earn money around his training regime.