I just couldn’t believe that the Olympics had really been postponed. It sounded like a bad joke. In the beginning, I think I didn’t appreciate the seriousness of the virus but as it became more and more evident, me and my teammates were really disappointed and didn’t know what to do.
I was quite worry about if we are all well prepared for the Games, but when we confirmed the postponement for one year, I was so released as we have more time to prepare for the Games, and all the competitions will be resumed. It is the best option for all athletes.
The Olympics would have been too early for me this year and it would have been quite a challenge – lack of time basically meant that ideal preparation had been out of the question for me. I know that most athletes were negatively affected by the situation, but let’s not forget that it could be worse: imagine if the games had been cancelled altogether! I view it as a victory in every respect.
It changed completely my preparation. Me and my staff (coach, physical trainer, nutritionist) plan the season with different goals! Right now our main target (the Olympics) is postponed, so we have to reformulate everything!
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