Bach congratulates Chijiang Rikako on qualifying for the Olympics: I look forward to seeing you in Tokyo
A screenshot of the IOC’s social media.
China News Service, April 6th. On the 5th local time, IOC President Bach congratulated Chie Rikako, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. He said: “Olympic athletes never give up. Congratulations to Chijiang Rikako for qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics only two years after being diagnosed with leukemia. I can’t wait to see you in Tokyo.”
April At the Japan Swimming Championships on the 4th, the famous Japanese swimmer Ike Rikako won the championship with 57.77 seconds. Although this result did not meet the standards of the Tokyo Olympics individual events, it met the selection criteria of 57.92 seconds for the shortlisted women’s 4x100m medley relay event. This means that Chijiang Rikako will appear in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.
Chijiang Lihuazi was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019, and then bid farewell to the swimming world. After 10 months of treatment, Chijiang Lihuazi was discharged smoothly. In August last year, Chi Jiang officially returned. She participated in the Tokyo Metropolitan Special Competition. In the 50-meter freestyle, she won the group first. In February of this year, she won the first championship after her comeback with a time of 25.77 in the 50-meter butterfly at the Tokyo Metropolitan Open.
Now qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, Chie Rikako said: “I can’t use words to describe how happy I am. At that moment, I recalled everything I experienced before arriving here. I was shocked. , I can’t think about it for a while, and it is estimated that it will take a while for me to slowly accept this result.”
She continued: “Compared with the (Rio) Olympic trials five years ago, I’m not so Confidence, I feel that the chance of winning the game is small, but I still put in the necessary effort. So no matter how unconfident you are or how difficult things are, as long as you work hard, you will be rewarded. Later in the game I thought,’I’m back , I belong here’.”
In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Chi Jiang participated in a total of 7 competitions, and his best result was the fifth place in the 100-meter butterfly. Since her official comeback last year, she has repeatedly stated that her goal is to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics. But now this goal has obviously changed. In a few months, she will attack the Olympic gold medal in her hometown. (End)