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.
Emily Overholt is swimming in high spirits again
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After the Games, I was really depressed for a really long time.
I didn’t see how things would get better.
Emily Overholt was only 18 when she won bronze at Rio 2016, but shortly afterwards fell into severe depression and spent more than two months in hospital. She spoke to Tokyo 2020 about her toughest moments and how she managed to overcome them with the Olympic Games in her sights.
Mandy Marquardt: The Olympic hopeful redefining diabetes
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I didn’t really know any other athletes with diabetes.
That was really challenging because I didn’t really have anyone to look up to and say 'wow, they’re doing it, I can do it, too'.
The 18-time National Champion and two-time American record holder spoke exclusively to Tokyo 2020 about cycling, the Olympics and how she’s helping to redefine what’s possible as an athlete with type 1 diabetes.
Mariana Arceo: The wonder woman who overcame COVID-19
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Everything changed, my training changed, the year changed, but the goal still stands.
It's the Olympic Games.
At the beginning of March, Mexican Mariana Arceo landed front-page news for something she would never have imagined.
The pentathlete was one of the first elite athletes to become ill due to COVID-19 while she was in Spain training for next summer's competitions. The situation forced her to return to Mexico, where she was admitted to the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases with pneumonia.
Antonio Díaz: Retirement can wait
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I have waited 20 years to be able to participate in the Olympic Games.
I can wait one more.
The Venezuelan karateka, twice World Champion and the only athlete to have been on the podium eight times in a row at the World Karate Championships, will wait for the debut of his sport in the Olympic Games before finishing his glittering career.
IM Ae-ji becomes Republic of Korea's first female Olympian boxer
By utilising my strength, which is speed and steps, I’ll become a woman of steel!
IM Ae-ji recently sealed her place at Tokyo 2020 by securing bronze at the Asia/Oceania Olympic boxing qualifying tournament in Amman, Jordan. In doing so, she became the first female South Korean boxer to have ever qualified for an Olympic Games.