EAthletes like Niklas Kaul are only partially affected by the fact that the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be postponed until next year. Of course, the USC Mainz athlete had been looking forward to the competitions in the Japanese capital, and apart from a cold during the indoor season, which was irrelevant to him, he had gotten through the preparations optimally. Until the new corona virus also brought sport to a standstill. “The shape was there, everything worked very well,” he reports. “And when things are going as well as they haven’t been for a long time, it’s annoying to be suddenly pulled out of training.”
Eliminating the Olympics for 2020 from the calendar was nevertheless the only right decision, says Mainz, who was named German “Athlete of the Year” in December. “In the end, the IOC also realized that there was no point in sticking to the games.”
A lot of time as a young athlete
He had already suspected that this would happen when he went to the training camp in South Africa, where he and his father Michael Kaul, his girlfriend, the heptathlete Mareike Rösing, and the heptathlete Carolin Schäfer (LG Eintracht Frankfurt) worked towards the season, ended prematurely. At that time, the number of people infected with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany was between 5000 and 6000.
“That doesn’t sound like much. But exponential growth is a pretty asshole, ”said Kaul. “If that is not stopped, it will be really fat.” Developments in Italy and Spain confirm this assessment. The youngest decathlon world champion in history regrets the relocation of the games, but thinks “above all of the athletes who are at the end of their careers and for whom 2020 would have been the last chance at the Olympics. I’m sorry for them. “
Despite his already sensational successes and achievements, he himself is still at the beginning of his career at the age of 22 – “even if the sport is fast-moving and you have to enjoy the time because you never know what’s going to happen in four years”.