Sally Fitzgibbons is using the pandemic-imposed lockdown to full training advantage ahead of surfing's debut at Tokyo 2020.
Four-time Olympian Chirine Njeim is hoping to make it to a fifth Games in Tokyo and help bring attention to her native Lebanon and its need for a "fresh start" after the recent Beirut explosion brought global awareness to sociopolitical issues at home. Njeim placed 109th in the women's marathon at Rio 2016 and in alpine skiing at Salt Lake 2002, Turin 2006, and Salt Lake 2010.
Professional boxer Maiva Hamadouche wants to win Olympic gold, too.
Pole vaulter Sandi Morris gets personal in a thoughtful message on sensitivity and equality.
Australian Olympian Madeleine Pape throws support to Caster Semenya, despite previous concerns.
New Zealand table tennis stalwart Chunli Li still keeps striving for her Olympic dreams.
R.I.P. to Navid Afkari, wrestler from Iran tragically executed over the weekend and whose widely-denounced trial and sentence captured the attention of the sporting community, including athletes, the IOC, Global Athlete, the World Players Association, and even the MMA. So...now what with Iran, IOC? It will be hard for the IOC to do anything as the case didn't, at present, appear to infringe on Iranians' ability to compete, but rather an individual's criminal conduct (per Iranian authorities). Concerns with Iran go far beyond sport, but how welcome Iran will be in international competition will be interesting to see. Perhaps a harder line against Iran when obvious sporting infractions do occur. That will be a good start, and one where sport (ahem, the IOC) can take a lead.