6 Aug 2020
2 min read
Super League champion Vincent Luis is philosophical over the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics despite entering 2020 as a heavy favourite for the gold medal.
The French star is having to wait until 2021 for his chance to try and bag one of the sport’s greatest prizes and could be forgiven for rueing his luck, such was his form and dominance on the world stage before coronavirus saw the world lock down and the Games pushed back.
But he is taking it all in his stride and says he will be back and ready to go again in Tokyo next year.
Speaking to The Inside Tri podcast, he said:
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It was a weird feeling. We were in camp and at the end of the camp in February we were about to fly to Abu Dhabi for the first race and it got cancelled, so that was a lot of things going through the minds with my teammates.
When Berumda then got cancelled from late April or early May I was 100 percent sure the Olympics will be cancelled or postponed. There was no way they could happen.
I wasn’t disappointed, I was saying it was fine and safety first and people are dying and I’m not going to cry if the Olympics are one year later even if I felt really good and had an amazing winter and felt really strong.
It is what it is and you have to accept it. We are only doing sport and I was laid back. We do not decide, we follow the rules and if we have to wait one more year we wait one more year.
Luis has used his downtime to move home, decamping to Girona with his girlfriend, fellow Super League athlete Taylor Spivey, after initially being caught abroad as the world shut down.
I was in the US when everything started because I flew when the virus started to hit Europe and I was confident the race series would go on but after two weeks in Claremont we all had to head back home.
I flew back to France and was lucky enough to have a friend with a big house with a 25m pool in the backyard and Taylor drove to meet me there and we had 12 weeks of lockdown at his house and that was the perfect training conditions.
We rode on the trainers and the treadmill but at least had the pool. As soon as the lockdown ended we just drove to Girona.
You can listen to the full interview here
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