Berlin, Apr 12: The ruling decathlon world champion NiklasKaul intends to use the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to work on his weaknesses. "For me, as a younger athlete, the postponement to 2021 due to the corona crisis is only a minor problem.
It gives me the chance to improve and work on my apparent gaps and update my technical skills in several topics," the 22-year-old 2019 Doha winner commented. Inner conflicts might, in the first place, tear older athletes as many intended to take the 2020 Olympics as their career ends. Some might decide to add another year and months of intense training efforts.
Others have to face the hard truth of an unexpected end of their career as a sportsman. "We all know that sport is only playing a side role at present. Health is the most important topic for society," the youngest athlete ever to win the decathlon crown added.
Restricted training is providing the opportunity to concentrate on other things, the Mainz-born university student said. This week he joined a list of sports celebrities cheering triathlon champion Jan Frodeno as a virtual crowd. The German ironman winner set up a home triathlon to raise money for charity projects around his adopted home town Girona in Spain.(XINHUA)