Jade Jones is taking all possible precautions to avoid re-infection with the coronavirus after admitting she was “petrified” from a positive test that would halt her fight for a historic third Olympic gold medal.
In Taekwondo, no one has ever won three gold medals at the Games, but after his success in London 2012 and Rio 2016, world champion in the -57kg weight class, Jones loved to score hat-tricks in Tokyo.
Against this background, it’s the coronavirus for every athlete in Japan this summer. Jones had already faced the illness once in January, but someone else could have decided that the 28-year-old should be out of the race.
That’s why the Welsh woman stands guard at the current base of Keio University’s Team GB in Minato City, where she and other taekwondo athletes train with boxing and badminton stars.
“The hardest thing is being in a petrified state where you’re going to test positive,” Jones said. “I’ve been vaccinated and gone through covid so it’s highly unlikely.
Jade Jones taking no risks with Covid ahead of Tokyo Olympics:
“But I still don’t want to test positive because that means game over, you’re out. It’s scary to see Olympic dreams await him. I always wear a mask.
“My hands are raw from the amount of hand gel I’m applying, we train with one document, there’s literally a small traffic system, so no one approaches us and we stay in the same foam.
“To be fair, I’m anti-social enough so it works fine for me. Now I have an excuse. I have to keep the distance. Where we eat, there’s a label on the table that says ‘Minimize talking’.”
Who is a three-time world champion in the +73kg and will go on to win an undisputed Olympic gold medal in the next two weeks, admitted that the pandemic has heightened tensions at the camp.
“We all have paranoia about Covid,” Walkden said. “It’s just a matter of making sure we’re all safe. Our masks are always on no matter what, everyone is taking all necessary safety precautions.
“If someone sneezes, we all say, ‘What happens?’ “We just want to get past that and compete now. It doesn’t bother me anymore. I just want to make sure I can compete.”
While the situation is far from ideal, Jones insisted the pandemic did not dampen his enjoyment with the opening ceremony a week earlier.
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“I thought it wouldn’t be the same because of Covid, it would be bullshit, it doesn’t compare to London and Rio,” Jones said. “I came here and it looks the same.
“Of course you have to wear a mask, but I still feel like a little kid walking around saying, ‘That’s great.’ I’m proud to be here again because I’m wearing a suit.”
“I hope all goes well and if I’d known that I probably wouldn’t have slept drunk on the plane,” she said. “This is a very fast turnaround,” he said. I hope I have a shiny gold medal and a drink. ”
Organizers say athletes abroad must leave Japan within 48 hours of their last race, meaning that neither Jones nor Walkden can rejoice in their success or quell their grief in the athletes’ village.
“What happens in the Olympics stays in the village Olympics, but it’s literally like a wild zoo,” Walkden said. Said. “Everyone has been training for so many years that it’s just a party when it’s over. It’s just a festival.
“It won’t happen this time. It’s better to come home, so there will be fewer rules. It’s a bit wild. Something will happen at home,” he said.
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