The world’s greatest olympic wrestler has announced his comeback to the world by registering victory over world championship silver medallist and team-mate Oscar Pino. The 3 time Olympic champion was on a self-imposed hibernation from global tournaments since his Rio Olympic Gold. But on Sunday playing in the German professional league, Lopez defeated Pino with 8-0 scoreline and in the process showing to the wrestling world that he is ready for comeback at Tokyo 2020.
Lopez’s mind is on Tokyo.
Mijain is in shape. Despite how much talk there is about how difficult it is to stay at around 130 kilograms, hours of work and sweat sculpt the athletic figure of this wrestler, who gives the impression of being ready to face the toughest of challenges. His gaze points to Tokyo, although he prefers not to give many clues to the strategies for the summer event, because everyone is watching the champion’s steps
The Cuban daily reported that Lopez agrees that he hasn’t competed much in the international events but he is confident about his chances.
“I know there are many doubts about me because I have competed little, although they must have gotten an idea from the Central American and the Pan American Games. I, although I am outside, have also studied the rivals. It isn’t one of the things I like the most, I’m not used to going deeply in that direction because athletes constantly change, new strategies are drawn and tomorrow they don’t do the same as today,” explains Mijaín.
“I stick to what I do. My strategy is to train like hell, sweat every day, and always try to be happy with what I’m doing, with my state. I like my sport and what I do has to be perfect. I can’t stand making mistakes, maybe that’s why in the first Olympic medal I was marked a point, in the second they didn’t mark me and in the third either,” Mijaín proudly says.
But can he create history at Tokyo 2020 ?