Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:31
The young juggling player of the MOL Foundation is preparing for his first Olympics at the age of 19, he is not overwhelmed with places, but he wants to experience every minute of the beautiful journey.
We know of few athletes who did not have a bad pandemic, but there is exactly one among the supporters of the MOL Foundation. Well, it’s not that Özbas Sofi, just 19, would have enjoyed the coronavirus infection (though we’ll see later that the young juggler came out well from that), but that a one-year postponement of the Olympics was enough for a lot of things. to the lady of Szolnok.
“I can’t tell you if I would have been there in Tokyo if the games had been held at the original time,” said Sofi, who was collecting all the existing goblets in the youth supply, with whom we talked in 2019, and then said the graduation and admission is a priority.
“Because of my junior results, it wouldn’t have taken many points to qualify, but I feel so much better that I had a year to develop myself. I have been able to compete in quite a few adult competitions and have achieved good results, become a better juggling player and can travel to the Olympics much more comfortably than I would have done in 2020 – even if I had managed to fight the quota, ”he added with a wide smile. Sofi.
He flashed himself in the veil
Youth Olympic champion, junior world and European champion Sofi was in 27th place in the world rankings before the adult world championships, which was just an exit. However, the 19-year-old juggling player quickly secured his Olympic quota after beating the multiple World Cup-winning, routine Dutch class, Juul Franssen, among the 32, and then advanced to the eighth against Mongolian Gankhaich Bold.
Photo: MJSZ / György Horváth
“Maybe I could have fought the quota in 2020 as well, but I feel so much better that I have an experience behind me like the first adult baby in my life,” said Szofi, who has already secured her way out by the time she gets to 16. Another feat was close in the quarter-finals, but neither between the eight nor in the consolation did the miracle come together against the 13th and 9th places in the world rankings, respectively.
“I look back on the Budapest World Cup with great joy and pride. I admit, I had my doubts about my performance, as they were forced to miss long weeks in preparation due to the coronavirus and then an injury, but luckily everything went well. ”
The János juggler from Békés County Kano finally finished seventh in the first adult world championship, which is a brilliant performance in itself, but even more so if we take into account the difficulties of preparation.
“I traveled from Georgia to Turkey, in the former my test was still negative, in the latter I became positive in the latter. I was very lucky that it happened right in Turkey, as my father lives here, so I pulled out the quarantine with him. Because of the pandemic, we were able to meet less anyway, so it was a special pleasure for me to be able to spend some time with Dad, ”Szofi explained.
What does a World Cup 7 mean? place at the Olympics?
According to the 19-year-old judo, it is difficult to put the World Cup role in context primarily because he was unable to start the adult European Championships due to the coronavirus, but he also struggles with his feelings because the Olympics will be a completely new experience for him.
“For the first time, I’m experiencing this great feeling of being an Olympian. For now, I’m groping, allowing myself to experience and fully experience it, and I don’t deny it, I enjoy it too. My main goal is to absorb every step of this beautiful journey. ”
The success at the World Championships and the knowledge that he can beat top riders in the adult field have confirmed Soffit, but he doesn’t stress himself about how many places he will finish in the first Olympics of his life. It just focuses on waking up on that particular day like on World Championship Day.
“What was the secret to success? I think the fact that I woke up to a very good day that day, I was able to re-spirit and embrace the atmosphere of the race. I could even make sure I didn’t swallow the whole thing, but enjoyed the moments going from wall to wall. I was focused all along and was able to take the burden off myself, which shows that I am mentally ready, which I will be in dire need of at the Olympics. ”
“I have expectations for myself too, but they’re not about placement. I expect myself not to cramp on the race and go on an adventure, stay focused all the way through, and get the best out of myself. I don’t care what the numerical outcome would be because I don’t want to corner myself by trying to predict a situation that has never been experienced. ”
We didn’t want to let go of the topic, so we once again asked Sofi what it meant to her when she defeated riders far ahead in the world rankings. “I don’t watch the draw, and many times I don’t even know who my opponent is. After the match against the Dutch girl, I learned that I had beaten a double World Cup podium when my teammates congratulated me on the tatami, ”said Sofi, laughing.
“I’m with him focusing on what I have an impact on. There’s no draw, no opponents ’previous results, so I won’t deal with these, and the World Cup was good feedback on tactics. “Of course, I’m going to strive for the best at the Olympics as well, and I measure success by how much I bring out of my knowledge,” the 19-year-old lady concluded.
(Cover image: Özbas Szofi / Instagram)
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