Athletes around the world have been busily preparing themselves with less than 120 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.
IKEE Rikako makes Japan's 4x100m relay team for Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021
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So no matter how un-confident or tough or difficult things are, if you work hard you get rewarded.
Two years ago, Japan's IKEE Rikako was diagnosed with leukemia but last weekend she swam a Games qualifying time for the 4x100m medley relay team after winning the 100m butterfly at the Japan swimming trials. The victory marked seven months since her return to competition, and while she was originally aiming for Paris 2024, the Japanese swimmer will now have the chance to compete at a home Olympic Games this summer.
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi: Setting the stage for future gymnasts
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I'm just very grateful and very, very thankful to be that first gymnast [to qualify], but I hope that I’m not the last.
Malaysia will finally be represented in artistic gymnastic event at this year's Olympic Games after 17 years of waiting thanks to Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, one of the nation's top sporting stars. Abdul Hadi, who qualified for Tokyo 2020 during the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship, hopes that her appearance at the Olympic Games will inspire future generations of girls in Malaysia to take up the sport and reach their Olympic dreams.
TSUCHIDA Wakako is expanding her possibilities
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There were times when I thought it’s time that I retire from competition.
But as long as there is a goal I want to pursue, and if I still feel there are other possibilities for me, I think I should continue.
TSUCHIDA Wakako is a dual winter and summer Paralympian who has also competed at seven Paralympic Games, winning three golds, three silvers and a bronze. She's done it all. But with Tokyo 2020 in her sights, the Japanese athlete is taking on a new challenge: to compete in the marathon. She is also hoping to secure a place in the triathlon event.
Grant Holloway: Leaving it all on the track
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I think the biggest thing is just envisioning and knowing that when the time comes, you're going to prevail.
After setting a new indoor 60m hurdles world record in a February meet in Madrid, the 110m hurdles world champion is keeping a positive mindset in the build-up to Tokyo 2020.
Lydia Valentin: It's not a question of gender but of talent
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I believe sport is sport. Period.
With three Olympic medals and many more outstanding victories under her belt, Spain’s Lydia Valentin has proved that weightlifting is not a matter of gender.
Kaleo Kanahele Maclay: Be the bar
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The rivalry has shifted for us since the Rio Games, we’ve gained the perspective that our biggest rivalry is with ourselves — meaning we have worn the title of no.1 in the world with honour.
We want to be the team to beat, and the only way we stay that way is if we are the bar to beat.
USA sitting volleyball star Kaleo Kanahele Maclay was just 16-years-old at her first Paralympic Games in London. Considered to be one of the best setters in the world, says that the United States are not only aiming to defend their title but to confirm their status as the world’s best at Tokyo 2020.
OHASHI Yui: Two major setbacks have made me stronger
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I realised once again that choosing the race that matters to me and focusing on swimming that race would produce good results.
Japanese swimmer Ohashi Yui 's resilience helped her overcome setbacks in her career and her health. Not only was she able to break the national record for the 400m individual medley which still stands today, she also qualified for Tokyo 2020 in both 200m and 400m individual medley.
Abby Dahlkemper: Team USA's ever-evolving defensive dynamo
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During times of change and adversity, I think you grow a lot as a person.
Abby Dahlkemper, who has become a key member of the United States women's football team, spoke to Tokyo 2020 about her move to to England's FA WSL and her high hopes of playing at her first Olympic Games this summer in Japan.