MOSCOW, March 25. / TASS /. Russian athletes in recent years have developed a serious immunity to difficulties, and the transfer of the Olympics must be used to become even stronger. This opinion was shared with TASS by the two-time Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Russian Roman Vlasov.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo were scheduled for the period from July 24 to August 9, 2020. On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the postponement of the Games to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“No one ever said that the path to Olympic gold will be strewn with roses. Take all my previous Olympic cycles – how many nerves they took from us, somewhere already immunity to such things has developed. So morally I was ready that all this it’s going to drag on, everything went to this, and given the dynamics of the virus situation in other countries, this understanding came even more and more. So, we need to use this time to become even stronger, “said Vlasov.
Earlier, 29-year-old Vlasov told TASS that the Games in Tokyo were to be the last in his career, and a few days later the athlete had to fight for a ticket to the Olympics in the weight category up to 77 kg at the licensed tournament in Budapest: I understood that my fate was being decided at this tournament – I got on the necessary form, did a lot of work.I'm already a middle-aged athlete and understood the full degree of responsibility and the fact that this was most likely my last season. When the tournament was postponed to May, it was not easy it is conscious Vat, but then I realized – okay, all in equal situations, and my opponents, who even older than me, including “.
“Am I ready to suffer another year at the end of my career? Of course, I’m ready, it’s not even discussed – I’m ready for a year and two. My main dream has not yet been fulfilled, and everything that has been done has not yet been realized. But it’s definitely necessary before the main start competitive practice, and as soon as the epidemic passes, we must definitely start, “the Olympic champion emphasized.
Roman Vlasov is the winner of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Also on the account of the fighter two gold and one silver medal of the world championships, four victories at the European championships.