Olympics Yle’s favorite presenter flew to Tokyo with a 20-pound handleball in his bag – now tells how and why

Yle’s journalist Antti-Jussi Sipilä, who works at the Olympics, was allowed to take two suitcases on the flight, but by no means filled one of them with clothes, for example.


For Finns it must have already become clear that there are strict corona control measures in place during the Olympics in Tokyo. According to the emergency regulation, for example, restaurants must close their doors by 8 pm at the latest, and no alcohol may be sold in restaurants and bars.

Accredited persons on Olympic assignments will be quarantined for three days after entry, and movement for the first two weeks is only allowed on official transport by race organizers.

All this means that, among other things, exercising during a three-week trip is difficult.

Mightily a well-known TV face, presenter-journalist Antti-Jussi Sipilä has come up with a very unique solution to this problem – or in fact came up with it in Finland before leaving.

Sipilä, 41, dragged a 20-pound handleball to a plane bound for Tokyo, which he now trains in his hotel room daily.

It may sound confusing, but it is true.

“Yeah, so every morning there’s been some kind of training – except for the first day,” Sipilä tells IS.

“I wanted to take the handle ball with me because training is important to me. On the other hand, also because the time could be long in the hotel room after the work is completed. ”

Right Sipilä’s own idea of ​​including a handle ball was reportedly not.

“When I left home, I was instructed not to meat there in Tokyo when you have to lie down all the time, but in a hotel room,” says Sipilä, who worked at the swimming arena during the opening week of the Olympics, laughing.

What is special about this, of course, is that, in principle, a suitcase weighing no more than 20 kilograms and a hand luggage set of about five kilograms is accepted in the hold of an individual passenger.

For extra amounts, airlines usually charge significant fees. And the export of additional luggage to the machine is no automation, because each machine has its own maximum weight in proportion to the number of people.

“We had two suitcases in the hold for the ticket, so we were allowed to take another set of about 20 kilos with us. I thought it was smarter to use pounds on the handle ball than on clothes, ”Sipilä explains.

“I wanted to think about my own well-being that training produces. The decision has proved to be a good thing. ”

Also some other Yle journalists in Tokyo have reportedly borrowed Sipilä’s ball – for example, another favorite face Riku Salminen.

“Riku, however, was upset that the handle ball was a little too heavy for him,” Sipilä says with a smile.



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