The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes

Tokashiki aims to win the gold medal at Tokyo 2020 and make women’s basketball a major sport in Japan.
Tokashiki aims to win the gold medal at Tokyo 2020 and make women’s basketball a major sport in Japan.

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

TOKASHIKI Ramu, a star player of Japan's women’s basketball team, is aiming to win gold at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
TOKASHIKI Ramu, a star player of Japan's women’s basketball team, is aiming to win gold at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
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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.

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Japanese swimmer HAGINO Kosuke triumphs in first meet held at Tokyo Aquatic Center

Hagino Kosuke of Japan celebrates after winning the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final at the World Swimming Championships (25m) (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Hagino Kosuke of Japan celebrates after winning the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final at the World Swimming Championships (25m) (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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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.

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Para archer ZHOU Jiamin has a bit more left for Tokyo 2020

Zhou Jiamnin of China shoots during the compound women open finals at the 2017 World Archery Para Championships held in Beijing, China. (Photo by Dean Alberga/World Archery Federation via Getty Images)
Zhou Jiamnin of China shoots during the compound women open finals at the 2017 World Archery Para Championships held in Beijing, China. (Photo by Dean Alberga/World Archery Federation via Getty Images)
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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.

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Christian Malcolm: Back to basics

Christian Malcolm the new Head Coach of British Athletics on 22 February 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Christian Malcolm the new Head Coach of British Athletics on 22 February 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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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.

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Nayel Nassar: "It’s an exciting time for Egyptian showjumping"

Nayel Nassar and the Egyptian showjumping team aim to win a medal at the Olympic Games next year.
Nayel Nassar and the Egyptian showjumping team aim to win a medal at the Olympic Games next year.
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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.

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Tokyo 2020 Official Art Posters: TOKOLO Asao - designer of the emblems 

TOKOLO Asao, the Tokyo 2020 emblems designer created the Tokyo 2020 poster as a cultural and artistic legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
TOKOLO Asao, the Tokyo 2020 emblems designer created the Tokyo 2020 poster as a cultural and artistic legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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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.

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Scott Martlew: Time to show what I can do

Scott Martlew of New Zealand looks on after competing in the Men's 200m KL3 Para canoe heat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Scott Martlew of New Zealand looks on after competing in the Men's 200m KL3 Para canoe heat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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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.

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IWABUCHI Kensuke: Winning a medal means making good decisions

Head coach IWABUCHI Kensuke is confident that the men's rugby sevens team can win a medal at their home Olympics
Head coach IWABUCHI Kensuke is confident that the men's rugby sevens team can win a medal at their home Olympics
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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.

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