Athletes around the world have been busily preparing themselves with less than a year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tokyo 2020 has been speaking to several athletes whose journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is slowly gathering pace.
TOKASHIKI Ramu: Aspiring to become the best in Japan and the world
If we can win a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games, we’ll be able to rev up excitement for both men’s and women’s basketball.
This will be a great motivation for the players.
TOKASHIKI Ramu's high-school basketball coach called her a 'once-in-a-century player'. Now at 29, and having witnessed some of her WNBA teammates win Rio 2016, the Tokyo native is ready to lead Japan to women's basketball gold at the Olympic Games next year.
Japanese swimmer HAGINO Kosuke triumphs in first meet held at Tokyo Aquatic Center
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I’m back to being a kid.
I get pure joy from swimming again.
The last time HAGINO Kosuke won the 200m/400m individual medley double at the national championships was in 2018 but after a slump, which even saw the Japanese swimmer take time away from the sport, the Rio 2016 champion is back at the top of his game after a stunning performance.
Para archer ZHOU Jiamin has a bit more left for Tokyo 2020
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Being a Paralympic champion does not necessarily mean you can stay on the top level.
For Paralympic and world champion ZHOU Jiamin, next year's Games could be her last. The People's Republic of China archer has come a long way during her Para sport career and hopes to give it her all at Tokyo 2020.
Christian Malcolm: Back to basics
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Reach for the stars.
And if you get halfway up, it's better than where you started.
Team GB's new Head Coach of athletics has been touted as "innovative" and "visionary". But in an exclusive interview with Tokyo 2020, he explained how a back-to-basics approach will be the key to success at next year's Olympics and beyond.
Nayel Nassar: "It’s an exciting time for Egyptian showjumping"
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Our goal is to win a medal. It’s ambitious but anything can happen in our sport!
Nayel Nassar talks to Tokyo 2020 about his love for horses, how he got into the exciting sport of showjumping and why he is proud to be part of the Egyptian equestrian team who made the cut at Tokyo 2020 - the first team to land an Olympic spot after 60 years.
Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters: TOKOLO Asao - designer of the emblems
In today’s world it is not enough to just connect, but the concept of solidarity is required as well.
With the official art posters becoming an iconic part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games one of the 19 internationally renowned artists and designers, TOKOLO Asao who designed the official emblems for the Tokyo 2020 Games, spoke about the message he wanted to convey to the world through his work.
Scott Martlew: Time to show what I can do
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I really began to get serious when I was 17-years-old… a matter of months later I had a life-changing injury and my sights then shifted to the Paralympics
New Zealand's Scott Martlew has been competitive at sport from a young but his dreams of going to the Olympic Games ended up transforming and seeing him becoming a Paralympian - competing at Rio 2016. Now, four years on, the Para canoeist is ready to show the world what he's made of.
IWABUCHI Kensuke: Winning a medal means making good decisions
We cannot stress enough the importance of the future of rugby and sports after the Olympic Games.
To win a medal at the Games is our big goal...
Head coach of Japan’s national men’s rugby sevens team IWABUCHI Kensuke is looking to build on the success of the 2019 Rugby World Cup - which saw public’s interest in the sport boosted - and win a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games.