Athletes around the world have been busying themselves with less than a year to go while some nations have allowed training complexes to open and others even giving the green light for competitive action to start.
Tokyo 2020 has been speaking to several athletes whose journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is slowly gathering pace.
Elaine Thompson-Herah ends season in style with Doha victory
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I am happy to win but my major focus is to finish the year healthy.
Preparations for the Olympics is the next on my agenda, and now it begins in earnest.
The 100m/200m dual Olympic champion struggled with injury after her Rio 2016 success - withdrawing from the World Championships last year. However, two wins in the last two Diamond League appearances have put Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah on the path back to defending her Olympic titles.
Ahmed Sharbatly rides into Tokyo 2020 for Saudi Arabia
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I’m really happy to have qualified for Tokyo.
So I’m focussing on that and working with my federation to grow dressage in the Saudi Arabia.
After coming so close to competing at Rio 2016, but missing out due to injury, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will see Ahmed Sharbatly pursue what he thought was impossible. He will be looking to create history by becoming the first Arabian Para dressage rider at the Games.
Caeleb Dressel is 'the best male athlete since Michael Phelps'
He literally is the best male athlete since Michael Phelps, and that's no lie, that's just how it is
American swimmer Caeleb Dressel is considered by many to be the 'next Michael Phelps' and perhaps the best since - including an Olympic legend. The 24-year-old has broken records, already won two Olympic golds and has 13 World Championship titles under his belt.
Madison de Rozario: I want kids growing up thinking anything is possible
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I want kids with disabilities to grow up in the world where they don’t hit a point where they realise that the world doesn’t think they are capable of everything.
Australia's Madison de Rozario grew up thinking anything was possible but when she hit high-school she discovered many didn't see things the same way. However, she has gone on to become a three-time Paralympian. The world champion speaks about her pathway to wheelchair sports, what 2018 meant to her and the postponement of Tokyo 2020.
'I belong here': Raven Saunders battles depression for shot at Tokyo crown
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Just focusing on myself for once, it was amazing, it was needed, it was a wonderful break.
And it was a life saver.
The USA's Raven Saunders came fifth in the Rio 2016 shot put competition at only 21 years of age. But less than two years later she had hit rock bottom and contemplated taking her own life. Now she is using her personal experiences and status as an athlete to help others and de-stigmatise negative attitudes towards mental health.