TRENT Copeland began the month "bursting with excitement" at the prospect being involved in the Olympic Games as a sports commentator, but now that dream job is on hold.
The almost inevitable rescheduling of the Tokyo Games in response to the coronavirus pandemic means Copeland will likely have to wait until July 2021 for his Olympic role.
The Bathurst cricket talent, who has become an emerging television star, was named as part of the Seven broadcast team for the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month.
He was set to join legendary broadcaster Bruce McAvaney plus Hamish McLachlan, Mel McLaughlin, Johanna Griggs, Sonia Kruger, Lisa Sthalekar and Abbey Way.
Not surprisingly, Copeland was "over the moon" about the prospect.
"Bursting with excitement, I am so lucky to be part of this amazing team," he said.
"The Olympics are special. Those three weeks, we're not sportspeople, we're not accountants, we're Australian and everyone just get behind our country."
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While the International Olympic Committee has not yet officially postponed the Tokyo Games, the Australian Olympic Committee said in a statement that: "Australian athletes should prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021."
That means Copeland and his fellow commentators will be preparing for the same.
While it remains to be seen exactly what will unfold, no doubt Copeland will be eagerly anticipating his chance to work at the Games and continue to build his reputation as a sports commentator.
Since joining the 7Cricket commentary line up in November 2018, Copeland has earned plenty of praise for his insights and analysis.
"Copes, you will absolutely smash it, but so you know, you have to have a minimum of one Olympics under your belt before you can use the word 'special'," fellow Seven commentator McLaughlin joked.
Noted podcasters Ladies Who League offered: "Can't wait to tune in, Trent! Well done. Look forward to your unique analysis for a bunch of sports."