The French handball teams have been on Japanese soil for more than four days to refine their preparation before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8). The opportunity to familiarize yourself with a heavy health protocol.
They took up their neighborhood in Koshu, 120 kilometers from Tokyo, a small town of 34,000 inhabitants, in a fully privatized hotel made available to them throughout their stay. The French handball teams were among the first French athletes to tackle the health protocol put in place for the event.
“It quickly follows at the airport with 1 to 2 hours of walking to go through each cell and perform all the procedures, with, finally, a saliva test. We will also perform a daily test before each breakfast, details Allison Pineau. It is not very pleasant not to be able to go out because we would like to see what is around, but we get used to it. It will be hotel-room, room-hotel: that won’t change too much of our competitive habits. “
The Bleues center-half remains positive a short week from the start of the Olympic Games. “You have to feel privileged and see the bright side of things. The Olympics are going to take place, it was our wish. It is an additional opportunity to win the only title that we lack.3 The coach of the France team female is completely focused on sports performance. “For us these are Games like any other, with such an important stake, says Olivier Krumbholz. We focus on our team. “
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The doctor of the Blues: “A prison? It is rather a golden prison! We are in very good conditions.”
The doctor of the Blues Pierre Sébastien does not complain about the conditions. “We often use the term prison … It’s more of a golden prison! We are in very beautiful conditions, a wonderful hotel, with a swimming pool, buses, friendly people, he confides. We are provided with everything. what we ask. It is true that we live among ourselves, that we rarely go outside and that we have little contact with our supporters and our families, but these are largely conditions. acceptable compared to what people in other sports and the average person experience. ” The staff do everything to scrupulously respect the sanitary instructions. Single rooms, distance of 2 meters during meals, only one athlete per table to eat in order to limit contact cases.
The players are nevertheless now used to isolation after having played Euro 2020 in Denmark for women and the World in Egypt for men under the same conditions. The only regret for some players is that they cannot take advantage of the Games to soak up Japanese culture. “Personally, yes, I’m frustrated because I’m a fan of Japanese culture, manga, food and video games, these are important things here, says right-back Nedim Remili. discover them more intensely, but we are there for a reason, it is the Olympics. We will continue to hold this bubble until the end of the Olympics, and I hope to bring back a medal. ” The Blue (s) will join the Olympic village this Tuesday, July 20 with a few days of training in Tokyo before switching to competition.