Olympic athletes from Hong Kong are making final preparations for the Tokyo Games.
The pandemic disrupted training and left them starved of international competition. But they are hoping it won’t stop them bringing home a record haul of medals.
Team Hong Kong’s fencing squad would have spent the past year competing globally to get ready for the Games. COVID-19 made that impossible. Former Asian Fencing Champion Vivian Kong said she’s made the most of the lack of travel opportunities.
She shared, “We have an amazing team and amazing facilities. It’s also the longest period of time I’ve ever had just to focus on training and getting myself into really good shape. So I’ve really taken advantage of this time just to learn more and grow as a fencer.”
The fencers train at the Hong Kong Sports Institute which offers full-time funding and accommodation for the territory’s top athletes, with free on-site vaccinations and regular testing.