Gary Lineker has hit back at Piers Morgan after the former Good Morning Britain presenter posted a tweet claiming that "nobody cares about these covid-ravaged Olympics."
Lineker was quick to defend the games that began last Saturday despite the slightly controversial circumstances, by claiming it is "exactly what’s needed in these most depressing of times."
There has been a surge of positive COVID cases within the Olympic village that has left many star athletes unable to compete, and Morgan argued that the games "should have been either further postponed or cancelled."
Morgan is known for being incredibly critical online, but Lineker was quick to issue a positive message in support of the games.
The Match of the Day presenter wrote on Twitter: "You’re wrong on this one. It’s exhilarating, uplifting and inspiring. Exactly what’s needed in these most depressing of times."
The pair were in disagreement after swimmer Adam Peaty won Britain's first gold medal of the games as he defended his 100m breaststroke crown from five years ago.
Morgan targeted Peaty and suggested that the games were tainted, claiming "the great champions like Adam Peaty know it".
Despite this, the swimmer rubbished any opinion that the win didn't matter in an emotional interview following his success.
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Peaty said: "It was the best he had felt in years" and thanked the nation for being behind him as he extended his Olympic title for another three years.
Gold for Peaty was just the beginning of what has turned out to be a 'Manic Monday' for Team GB as two more gold medals followed from the swimming success, and two silvers and a bronze were also added to wrap up day three.
Tom Daley and Matty Lee scraped victory in the 10m Syncro diving event and Tom Pidcock became the first-ever British gold medalist in mountain biking.
Great Britain currently sit fourth in the Tokyo Olympics medals table, with the United States leading the way ahead of hosting country Japan.
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