Swimming world champion Florian Wellbrock could also live without spectators at the Olympic Games in Tokyo if necessary.
If the games can only take place this way in the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, he would “definitely approve”, said the 23-year-old in an interview with “Swim & More”, the association magazine of the German Swimming Association. “The fact that the athletes can show in the race what they have fought and worked for all their lives is and still remains the most important sense of the Olympic Games for me,” said Wellbrock.
His athletic heart absolutely wants these games. “Otherwise the Olympic Games would not be back until 2024, and no one can say what it will look like then, also with regard to the competition,” emphasized Wellbrock. After his double gold at the 2019 World Cup in South Korea over 1500 meters freestyle in the pool and ten kilometers in open water, Wellbrock is one of the promising candidates for the first Olympic pool medal by a German since 2008.
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