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Olympic Fencer Aksamit Talks Lockdown, Financial Struggles and Tokyo 2020

US Olympic fencer Monica Aksamit shared her concerns while speaking in New York City on Saturday, after the postponement of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games has placed her and other athletes in an uncertain situation situation.

Aksamit is now confined in her apartment in Brooklyn and is unsure of her future.

“I don’t know when I can go back to training, I don’t know if my facility will still going to be open, it might go bankrupt. I don’t know when the first competition is going to be,” she said.

“How am I going to support myself for the next season? We still have two international competitions that count for qualifiers and a domestic one, and I lost a whole bunch of money in being in Europe,” she added.

Being confined to her apartment impacts her exercise and the fencer voiced her concerns about how she will get in shape for future competitions.

“Fencing is a very aerobic sport, you need to be working on your cardio, it’s mostly sprints, so I can’t do that in my apartment. I mean there’s only so much I can do, yes I can do target practice, you can do a little bit of footwork,” said Aksamit.

Despite all the uncertainty, the US Olympian, who participated in the Rio Olympics and won a bronze medal, is trying to make the best of the current lockdown.

“I hope that people will look at things a lot differently when this all ends. I feel like, I’m personally going to appreciate my ability of being with my family and interacting with them and being able to hug them when this ends,” she said.

In late 2019 the 30-year old Olympic fencer had made headlines with her crowdfunding campaign to support her way to the Tokyo Olympics and in March 2020 she was stranded in Poland, where she travelled for a qualifying competition which was cancelled, after the country closed its borders due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been officially delayed due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. The games, which were due to be played this summer will now start on July 23rd, 2021.

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