The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes

Kareem Maddox of Team Princeton during the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2020 in Doha
Kareem Maddox of Team Princeton during the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2020 in Doha

Athletes around the world have been busily preparing themselves with less than 100 days 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 gathering pace.

TAN Ya-ting: Diligence could lead to her swansong

Tan Ya-ting of Chinese Taipei competes during the bronze medal final at the Tokyo 2020 test event in 2019. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
Tan Ya-ting of Chinese Taipei competes during the bronze medal final at the Tokyo 2020 test event in 2019. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
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Tokyo 2020 will be my last Olympic Games.

I want to see if I can do better this time than last time.

World no 2 archer TAN Ya-ting from Chinese Taipei is preparing herself for what may be her last Olympic Games, with all sights to win a medal at individual recurve which have eluded her in the past two Games. Whilst the Chinese Taipei archery squad are yet to be finalised due to the postponement of the Games last year, TAN will be key to the team's success once she secures her spot and light that stage in Tokyo.[

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Jordanne Whiley: All I've ever wanted is a gold medal

Jordanne Whiley returns the ball during a rally at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Jordanne Whiley returns the ball during a rally at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
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It would just kind of complete my life because I've done tennis my whole life.

Jordanne Whiley has won numerous Grand Slam titles and even completed a calendar Grand Slam but despite having gone to three Paralympic Games, there is one thing she is yet to add to her trophy cabinet: a gold medal. Now the two-time Paralympic bronze medallist is finally eyeing Tokyo 2020 as her chance to make her lifelong dream come true.

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Priscilla Frederick-Loomis: Can't stop, won't stop

Priscilla Frederick of Antigua and Barbuda competes in Women's High Jump Qualifying on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Priscilla Frederick of Antigua and Barbuda competes in Women's High Jump Qualifying on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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I'm going to exhaust everything to make sure that I'm at the Olympic Games

and represent my country in the best way possible

Antigua and Barbuda's Rio 2016 Olympian has faced more than her fair share of challenges. But that hasn't stopped the high jumper from doing everything it takes to make it to a second Olympics when the Tokyo 2020 Games take place in 2021.

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Sarah Hanffou: For the greater good 

Sarah Hanffou during the African Top 16 in Tunis in February 2020. (Photo by IFFT)
Sarah Hanffou during the African Top 16 in Tunis in February 2020. (Photo by IFFT)

I’m not particularly skilled or talented, even when it comes to table tennis.

But I do have one special skill: I am a hard worker.

The French-Cameroonese table tennis player, Sarah Hanffou is set for a busy year as she juggles training for a second Olympics with a full-time job as a lawyer and working with her charity, Ping Sans Frontières.

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Kareem Maddox’s path back to the court

Kareem Maddox of the United States plays in the semi-final against Poland at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup
Kareem Maddox of the United States plays in the semi-final against Poland at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup
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I've never thought I'd have the chance to do it in the sport I've been playing my entire life and just at the time when I found out what it means to love the sport and to want to be really good at it

After playing college basketball and time abroad in Europe, Kareem Maddox thought he was finished with the sport. But it was while flourishing in his other career, podcasting and radio, that he was able to re-ignite his passion for basketball and is not within reach of fulfilling a dream that started when he watched the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

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