Noosa swimmer Kareena Lee in her Kimono for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)
Noosa swimmer Kareena Lee in her Kimono for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)

Noosa Olympian confident Games will go ahead

SHE was the first Australian swimmer to earn selection to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and it's that steely determination that is keeping Noosa's Kareena Lee on track for the games despite worldwide virus concerns.

Lee was the first Australian Dolphin to earn selection to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after placing 7th in the Women's 10km event at the 2019 World Championships.

Kareena Lee after winning the 2019 Noosa Summer Swim.
Kareena Lee after winning the 2019 Noosa Summer Swim.

She said all the information she is getting from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is that the Olympics will be going ahead despite the global coronavirus pandemic.

"At the moment everything is going ahead as planned," she said.

"That's what us athletes are preparing for.

"I'm not making drastic changes - we're just trying to get as much normality in our lives."

 

Noosa's Kareena Lee preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Noosa's Kareena Lee preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Understandably, the Noosa swimmer had some concerns about overseas travel.

"There is a part of me that is saying I don't want to go," Lee said.

"It is definitely playing in the back of my head, but you need to stay positive."

Lee said a few events she had scheduled in her race calendar had been cancelled, but she was confident it wouldn't have a significant impact on her Olympic preparation.

"My last 10klms before Olympics I will no longer be doing," she said.

"Training wise nothing has changed.

As more and more significant sporting events are cancelled all around the world, the chance of the Olympics being cancelled is very real.

But that's a scenario Lee is not interested in entertaining.

"We are not even thinking about that at," she said.

"I don't want to be thinking like that. I don't want that in my head.