The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes 

Sarah Leonie Cysique (blue) of France throws Tsukasa Yoshida (white) of Japan to win in the Women's -57kg of the Mixed Team final at the 2019 World Judo Championships at the Nippon Budokan (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
Sarah Leonie Cysique (blue) of France throws Tsukasa Yoshida (white) of Japan to win in the Women's -57kg of the Mixed Team final at the 2019 World Judo Championships at the Nippon Budokan (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

Athletes around the world have been busily preparing themselves with less than a year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 has been speaking to several athletes whose journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is slowly gathering pace.

It’s gold or nothing for weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz 

Silver medalist, Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines celebrates on the podium after the Women's 53kg Group A weightlifting contest at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Silver medalist, Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines celebrates on the podium after the Women's 53kg Group A weightlifting contest at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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I'm still continuing this journey towards the Olympics because I believe that I can win.

I believe that God has a plan for me that I believe that I will win at the Olympic Games for the Philippines.

After becoming the first woman from the Philippines to win an Olympic medal at Rio 2016, Hidilyn Diaz has rock-solid faith that she’ll stand on the top of the podium once again next summer at Tokyo 2020.

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Kenyan ace Kirwa to switch lanes to marathon after Tokyo Games

Henry Kirwa of Kenya celebrates after winning the men's 5,000m T13 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
Henry Kirwa of Kenya celebrates after winning the men's 5,000m T13 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
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Tokyo Games will mark the end of my Paralympic career, but I am not done yet.

With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games set to be the last time the world sees Henry Kirwa compete in the 1,500m and 5,000m, he vows he's not done with running just yet and wants to finish at the top of the podium one last time.

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SATOZAKI Tomoya: Baseball is a team sport but the ability of each player is the key

If Japan can play their usual game and make no mistakes, they have a great chance to win a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

SATOZAKI Tomoya was part of Japan's bronze medal winning team at Beijing 2008 - the last time baseball featured at the Olympic Games. But with the sport making it's return to the Olympic stage at Tokyo 2020 next year, the former catcher gives his insights into his experiences from Beijing 2008 and what to expect next summer from Team Japan.

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Republic of Korea teenage sensation Hwang Sun-woo storms into record books

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Last year my goal was to compete at Tokyo 2020 but now it is changed to go further, like semi-finals, or the final.

Republic of Korea's Hwang Sun-woo has become the fastest junior swimmer in the world, clocking 1.45:92 in the men’s 200m freestyle. What makes the record even more exceptional is that the 17-year-old would beat Michael Phelps’ record when he was the same age.

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NAGAI Takasama: There's always a chance for victory

Finding new strategies in judo has started to make the sport fun for Nagai
Finding new strategies in judo has started to make the sport fun for Nagai

Even if you are losing, with two seconds left in the match, there’s still a chance for a victory.

To me, I think one of the appeals of judo is that it is possible to pull off a great upset at any time.

As one of Japan's top medal hopes for Japan, Paralympic judoka NAGAI Takasama is hoping to bring pride back to the nation next summer as he aims to top the podium. However, the road to qualifying for a Paralympic Games hasn't been an easy one as the judo star told Tokyo 2020.

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What is the new judo mixed team event?

Team Japan (white) and Team Republic of Korea (blue) line up after the Mixed Team Competition quarter-final at the 2019 World Judo Championships at the Nippon Budokan (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
Team Japan (white) and Team Republic of Korea (blue) line up after the Mixed Team Competition quarter-final at the 2019 World Judo Championships at the Nippon Budokan (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
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I think that it (the judo mixed team competition) removes characteristics from athletes who are very individualistic, and when you work as a team you work in a different way.

With judo mixed team event making its debut at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo learn about how the new event will work and thoughts from athletes and coaches about its inclusion.

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Japan leaning on virtual reality in quest for second softball gold

UENO Yukiko #17 (top) of Japan and her teammates celebrate their 3-1 win against the United States during the women's grand final gold medal softball at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
UENO Yukiko #17 (top) of Japan and her teammates celebrate their 3-1 win against the United States during the women's grand final gold medal softball at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

If we can contribute to a gold medal at Tokyo 2020, there would be no greater joy.

After defeating three-time Olympic champions the United States in softball at the Beijing 2008 Games for the gold medal, Japan is looking to do it once again but this time with the help of VR technology.

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  • Lukas Krpalek (white) of the Czech Republic celebrates his victory over Kim Minjong of South Korea in the Men's +100kg  at the 2019 World Judo Championships at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
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    The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes