The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes

Sanjeev Rajput of India competes in the Men's 50m Rifle 3P final during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
Sanjeev Rajput of India competes in the Men's 50m Rifle 3P final during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

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.

Republic of Korea’s JOO Jeonghun fights to return to taekwondo form

Jeonghun Joo is hoping to get a qualifying spot in the men's under 75kg for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Jeonghun Joo is hoping to get a qualifying spot in the men's under 75kg for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
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The 2020 Paralympics gave me a second chance in my life.

Although I didn’t know anything about the Paralympics and Para taekwondo at all, it was the right decision to come back to where I should belong.

After a seven-year hiatus, JOO Jeonghun is aiming to represent Republic of Korea at Tokyo 2020 in Para taekwondo. Having competed previously in the able-bodied side of the sport, he decided to quit but is now back training for his sports Paralympic debut.

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Sanjeev Rajput: On the road to redemption

Sanjeev Rajput of India celebrates winning the Men's 50m Rifle 3P final during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
Sanjeev Rajput of India celebrates winning the Men's 50m Rifle 3P final during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
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My dreams all came down crashing in that moment because even until the last day before the Olympic contingent left India,

I was hoping against hope that I will get a call and take part in the Games.

Sanjeev Rajput was all set to take his place in the Indian contingent for Rio 2016 but when it didn't happen, he was left heartbroken. With a lifelong dream of winning an Olympic medal, the Indian shooter has now secured his Olympic quota for Tokyo 2020.

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Annie Guglia: Breaking barriers in women's sports

Annie Guglia took part in the Olympic qualifier 2019 World Skate World Championships in Brazil
Annie Guglia took part in the Olympic qualifier 2019 World Skate World Championships in Brazil
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 If you love skateboarding, you have to share it with as many as a possible and the Olympic Games is a great platform

After almost giving skateboarding away due the lack of opportunities compared to her male counterparts, Annie Guglia passion was reignited when the sport was announced to make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

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Michelle Bromley: Living the Olympic dream after training with robot 

Michelle Bromley of Australia against Ding Ning of People's Republic of China during the ITTF World Team Cup, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Falcon)
Michelle Bromley of Australia against Ding Ning of People's Republic of China during the ITTF World Team Cup, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Falcon)
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It might take you 20 years it might take you 30 years

but keep plugging away and you'll get there

Australia's Michelle Bromley has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, having missed out on qualifying for the three previous Games. Tokyo 2020 spoke to her about achieving her Olympic dream after over a decade of trying, her late father's influence on her career and how she's staying in top shape - with the help of a robot.

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Tyrone Pillay wants underdog story to conclude at Tokyo 2020

Tyrone Pillay of South Africa in action during the Men's Shot Put series at Ibirapuera Sports Complex on 24 April 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Jonne Roriz /Getty Images)
Tyrone Pillay of South Africa in action during the Men's Shot Put series at Ibirapuera Sports Complex on 24 April 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Jonne Roriz /Getty Images)
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Only time will tell how ready I will be for the Games in 2021.

I however plan to work as hard as I possibly can and give it my best shot for the last time in my sporting career.

Tyrone Pillay was preparing to go better his bronze medal from Rio 2016. The South African was in tip-top shape and ready to take on Tokyo 2020 until a postponement back in March shook up his expectations.

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Cheptegei and Gidey's record-breaking runs

Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda celebrates victory in the Men's 5,000m during the Monaco 2020 Diamond League meeting (Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/Pool via Getty Images)
Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda celebrates victory in the Men's 5,000m during the Monaco 2020 Diamond League meeting (Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/Pool via Getty Images)
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I was trying to remake history so that people will have something to enjoy.

Sport lovers of the world can have something to remember

Two long standing world records came tumbling down this at the rightfully named NN Valencia World Record Day. And they were broken within just 50 minutes of each other!

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