The road to Tokyo 2020: A week in quotes

Lijia Xu of China competes in the Laser Radial Women's Sailing of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Lijia Xu of China competes in the Laser Radial Women's Sailing of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Athletes around the world have been busying themselves in preparation for the resumption of live sport, with some countries allowing 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.

Paola Espinosa: 'Motherhood is not at odds with continuing to fulfil your dreams'

Paola Espinosa: Driven by my daughter
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What I want is for my daughter to have the opportunity to see me on a diving board at the Olympic Games.

With a three-year-old daughter, more than 20 years experience and two Olympic medals, the Mexican diver has shelved retirement plans and is busy preparing for her fifth Olympic Games.

The 33-year-old, who was the flagbearer for her country at Athens 2004, tells Tokyo 2020 about her motivation, charity work and thoughts about competing next Summer.

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Nikola Karabatic’s new role for France

Handball legend Karabatic on how team roles change over time
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There is a lot of expectation around us.

We can’t afford to make any errors.

Since he joined the French national team in 2002, Nikola Karabatic has won everything in the game. But now at the age of 36, the Paris Saint-Germain star now has a role that goes far beyond the court.

He tells Tokyo 2020 about the 'new Karabatic' who is bidding to qualify for the Olympics next year.

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Vanessa Low: One last time

Vanessa Low of Australia competes in the Women's Long Jump T63 during the IPC World Para Athletics Championships 2019 Dubai (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Vanessa Low of Australia competes in the Women's Long Jump T63 during the IPC World Para Athletics Championships 2019 Dubai (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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I'm not just competing to stand on top of a podium.

I do it because want to see what I'm capable of and finding my own boundaries.

Low was just a month shy of her 16th birthday when she stumbled off a platform in her hometown Ratzeburg, Germany, into the path of an oncoming train. Waking up from a coma two weeks later, the teenager discovered that both her legs had been amputated above the knee.

Now aged 29 with a world record to her name, the Paralympic star reflects on a superb career and says Tokyo 2020 will be her last Games.

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Engineering student Thomas Chirault on cusp of Olympic dream

Thomas Chirault of France during the Men's finals at the Archery World Cup 2018 Stage 3 (Photo by Dean Alberga/World Archery Federation via Getty Images)
Thomas Chirault of France during the Men's finals at the Archery World Cup 2018 Stage 3 (Photo by Dean Alberga/World Archery Federation via Getty Images)
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I’m not competing to come second or [to reach the] the quarter-final.

I always aim to win.

Thomas Chirault won silver at the 2017 World Championships and is currently ranked 15 in the world, but he is also studying engineering and is passionate about nanomaterials.

The 22-year-old told Tokyo 2020 of his dreams of adding to his medal collection next summer and the fine line of balancing his studies with an intense training regime.

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XU Lijia: My sailing will go on

Xu Lijia of China competes on her way to winning gold in the Laser Radial Women's Sailing at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Xu Lijia of China competes on her way to winning gold in the Laser Radial Women's Sailing at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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When I am at sea and alone, I am free, unbound by the rules on earth.

Olympic sailing champion Xu Lijia has started a promising career in journalism following her retirement from the sport.

The star made her debut at Beijing 2008 - where she won her country's first sailing medal - and told Tokyo 2020 of her dream to keep sailing.

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