Like most of the world’s top athletes, he is in limbo as the virus forces competitions to be cancelled and plays havoc with training schedules.
“I don’t know when I can resume training or when the next tournament will take place. I don’t even know if I can keep up my mental condition or motivation for another year,” he said.
“No one knows how the qualification process will go. Pretending everything is OK for the competition is simply irresponsible.”
In the meantime, he is happy criss-crossing the vast Japanese capital with bike and smartphone, joining a growing legion of Uber delivery staff in demand during the pandemic.
“When I get orders in the hilly Akasaka, Roppongi (downtown) district, it becomes good training,” he smiles.