Athletes around the world have been busying themselves in preparation for the resumption of live sport, with some nations 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.
Olympic champion Yannick Agnel’s passion for Japan
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I visited Japan for the first time in 2015. It was a fantastic discovery.
The two-time French Olympian has fallen in love with Japan and its culture and tradition. At next year's Games, the former swimmer and new e-sports aficionado will be in Tokyo to watch the action as an Olympic commentator for French TV station.
Japanese honeymooners honoured to be Cape Verde Olympic ambassadors
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I am very honoured because not many people can do it even if you really want to do it.
After being stranded for five months in Cape Verde, Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka have been appointed as Olympic ambassadors for the archipelago. Find out how they landed this important role.
From a sinking boat to two Olympic Games
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Obviously, every time I’m able to qualify for the Olympics it brings me tremendous joy.
Being able to qualify was very beautiful.
Sailor Dolores Moreira was the first Uruguayan to qualify for Rio 2016 - and has repeated this feat again for Tokyo 2020. From her humble beginnings and sailing on a sinking boat, Moreira has come a long way and is now her country's hope for the Olympics.
XIE Zhenye: 'I’ll give everything in Tokyo to show the best of myself'
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Both the 100m and the 200m are very important to me.
I’ll aim for the podium.
It’s a dream I’ve had from the beginning of my career.
Chinese sprinter Xie Zhenye talks about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on his training and how he is planning to reach podium next year at Tokyo 2020 in either 100m and 200m events.
Team France coach Patrick Guimez: 'Finally, we are considered elite athletes'
BMX's introduction to the Olympic programme professionalises it, and gives us credibility.
Patrick Guimez - legendary BMX rider - is the new national coach for Team France for Tokyo 2020 - where the sport is set to make an appearance for the very first time in an Olympic programme. His aim - to win France's first Olympic medal in BMX.
Five athletes selected for the Australian Olympic team
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It’s a wonderful feeling, it makes the Games feel real again.
Javelin world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber and Olympic bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith have made the cut for next year's Tokyo 2020 Games and will be joined by runners Jessica Hull and Stewart McSweyn as well as racewalker Jemima Montag, who will all be making their Olympic debut.
Number one in Softball: The day Japan reached the top of the world
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I will do my best to win a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
I ask for your continued support.
Olympic gold medal in Beijing inspires Japanese women's softball team to give their all - and aim for another gold - at their home Games in Tokyo next year.
Vincent De Haître: From Tokyo to Beijing in 180 days
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Because I told myself I can do it...
well, now if I don't do it, I've just lied to myself.
Canadian dual-sport Olympian Vincent De Haître will compete as a cyclist at Tokyo 2020, while he also aims to compete as a speed skater at Beijing 2022. Following the postponement of the Games, he now has less time than ever between one Olympics dream and another - 180 days.