The road to Tokyo 2020: A week in quotes

Leon Reid of Northern Ireland and Emmanuel Arowolo of Nigeria compete in the men's 200m heats during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Leon Reid of Northern Ireland and Emmanuel Arowolo of Nigeria compete in the men's 200m heats during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Photo by Ryan Pierse/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.

Michelle Kroppen sets her target on Olympic glory

Michelle Kroppen of Germany competes during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 test event at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field on 14 July 2019 in Tokyo (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
Michelle Kroppen of Germany competes during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 test event at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field on 14 July 2019 in Tokyo (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
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My favourite motto is 'patience is power'...

Sport means having a lot of patience because you aren’t world champion on day one when you start your sport.

Last year, Michelle Kroppen became one of the top 10 archers in the world and is the only European to have broken into this elite group. She told Tokyo 2020 about her main driving force behind wanting to qualify for the Olympic Games next year.

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Leon Reid conquers troubled past in quest for Olympic glory

Bronze medallist Leon Reid of Northern Ireland looks on during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200 metres at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Bronze medallist Leon Reid of Northern Ireland looks on during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200 metres at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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I felt like I was the fastest person in the world,

literally after a couple of months of training.

Leon Reid is forging his own destiny. After spending a childhood surrounded by drug abuse and crime, the sprinter spoke about life growing up, training with Usain Bolt and how he's aiming for his Olympic debut.

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Jimmy Gressier: An unexpected journey for gold

Jimmy Gressier of France celebrate after the 10,000m Men Final during the European Athletics U23 Championships 2019 (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images for European Athletics)
Jimmy Gressier of France celebrate after the 10,000m Men Final during the European Athletics U23 Championships 2019 (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images for European Athletics)
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People kept on telling me that it was very difficult for a cross-country or a road runner to be strong on tracks.

Every time I started the track season, I had this knot in my stomach because I was so good in cross-country and yet track didn’t go well.

The 23-year-old Frenchman represents the future of French long-distance running. He spoke to Tokyo 2020 about how he aims to compete in a discipline he has never competitively run in before.

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“I missed the feeling”: YOG champion Prigent back on the water after lockdown

Camille Prigent of France competes in the women's kayak single heats at the 2019 Oceania Championships during the Sydney International Whitewater Festival (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Camille Prigent of France competes in the women's kayak single heats at the 2019 Oceania Championships during the Sydney International Whitewater Festival (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Now, it feels really good to start again.

I missed the feeling, and I tried to watch a lot of videos so that I didn’t forget how to do it!

The Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 gold medallist was hoping to finally make her family’s Olympic debut this year but the experience has been put hold until 2021. However, after months away from the water, Camille Prigent is back training.

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Derek Sua is inspiring the next Pacific Island judokas

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I want to tell them to come down and try judo.

Just see if they are willing to take the challenge because all sports are different.

The impact of an athlete competing at an Olympic Games can inspire generations and for David Sua he hoped his appearance at Rio 2016 would encourage new judo athletes in Samoa to take up the sport.

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