Andwuelle Wright

OLYMPIC TICKET BOOKED: Trinidad and Tobago long jumper Andwuelle Wright. —Photo: Getty Images for IAAF

Andwuelle Wright is well rested, and enjoying off-season preparations ahead of his 2021 campaign.

“I was on a six-week rest period during August to mid-September,” the long jumper told the Express. “We’ve just started back and it has been going great, so I won’t say that Covid-19 has affected my training. My coach, Wendell Williams knows how to improvise to get the best out of every situation.

“We haven’t started back to use the gym just yet in this phase of our training, but I’m sure that it would be reopened by the time we get to that phase. If not, I’m sure my coach would come up with something. And having to wear masks in public doesn’t set back my training. I’ll just have to wear it because it’s a requirement of the country.”

Wright is very confident about his readiness for the 2021 season.

“Training doesn’t stop because of Covid. Covid has been here a while, and I was fully prepared for a 2020 season. So, I’ll be even more ready for 2021. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that I’ll be ready to take on the competition.”

The local track and field season was called off early in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving Wright with no opportunities to compete in 2020. Many of his global rivals, meanwhile, saw action in Asia, Europe, Oceania, Jamaica, Cuba, South Africa and the United States.

“It doesn’t concern me at all. It’s just a matter of getting prepared and going out and executing. If it wasn’t for our borders being closed, I too would have been able to compete in a lot of competitions outside.”

Wright, the men’s long jump national record holder at 8.25 metres, has already qualified for next year’s Olympics. With that box ticked, the 23-year-old is able to focus all his energies on being at his best for the July 23 to August 8 Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“It’s just to stay focused on the goal ahead, and not stray from what me and my team have set out for us to accomplish—to represent my country on the highest level and being on the podium at those meets I attend.”

Wright has full confidence in Coach Williams and his managers, brother Al Wright and Dexter Voisin. As a result, he is not worrying about the details on the Road to Tokyo.

“That’s for my coach and management team to decide on,” Wright declared, “and just for me to go out and compete to the best of my ability.”

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