(from the correspondent Emanuele Rizzi) – “The main goal for these Olympics is one medal, potentially even two. I worked a lot in the individual and we will have to wait for the 72-arrow ranking round to establish the scoreboard of the head-to-head matches. The first challenge in Tokyo will be that of the Mixed Team, a pre-test bench. It is the first time of the mixed race at the Olympics but we have already done well at the European and World Championships, in 2018 and 2019, on the podium. It is certainly a competition that sees us as protagonists. “He said it Mauro Nespoli, the Italian archer, winner of the gold medal in the archery team competition at the 2012 London Olympics, at Adnkronos, in view of the start of the competitions in Tokyo 2020 in Archery. Nespoli will compete in the singles and mixed competition, while the men’s archery team did not qualify for Tokyo. “I still don’t know who will be my partner who will always come out of the ranking round, while for them it is easier either with me or with no one”, adds Nespoli with a smile.
“In the individual competition in these Olympics there are all the most dangerous shooters, the 64 qualified have accepted all, there has been no last minute defection. The level is very high so even in the individual bearing athletes there are none, it will be a fiery Olympiad, including the climate “, continues the Air Force athlete who has already tested the competition field in Tokyo.” On the competition field, the expectations were certainly high and have been confirmed. During the pre-Olympic we tried the orientation of the competition field but with the stands, even if empty, he makes another impression, now he is dressed as an Olympics. The grandstand closes the field enough but the last 20 meters, as we expected, are open and we will have to be careful to compensate and consider the wind that never stops here. Mostly it comes up behind the archer and continues to move left and right. For now we have not found a totally unmanageable wind, even if the climatic conditions are completely different from the pre-Olympic. Two years ago, in the same period, it rained for 10 days “, underlines Nespoli.
The blue remained positive at Covid-19 this year. “The preparation has been adapted, until a month ago, team competitions were banned because a protocol for covid had not been developed. We have therefore limited ourselves to simulations which, however, are always a little distorted. The fact of arriving at the Olympics after a year without competitions is not a normal condition “, explains the Italian who is the oldest of the Italian expedition. “I am the oldest of the team and the third in order of seniority among the many archers present”.
Nespoli is an experienced athlete and does not feel the weight of competition. “I arrive at these Games, my fourth Olympics, with a previous experience accumulated over the years and I have a more mature attitude. Do I feel a greater responsibility? No, but I have a greater awareness of my means and confidence in what may be pitfalls of an Olympiad. Will I be at the Opening Ceremony? We haven’t decided yet, we’ll have to understand when we compete “, concludes the blue.