Who said that practicing sport was incompatible with wearing a mask, even at a very high level?
Lucas Saatkamp and his compatriot Mauricio Borges have proven since the start of the Olympic Games that an athlete can quite perform well while protecting his face against the Covid in full effort.
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Against Tunisia and Argentina in the group stage, the two Brazilians evolved with a black mask that never seemed to disturb them while all their teammates played with their faces uncovered.
A singularity that has surprised many on social networks, Internet users, often wondering if breathing was not more difficult in these conditions.
Saatkamp has been playing for months with a mask
Living in a country particularly hit by the pandemic (more than 550,000 dead), Lucas Saatkamp, international for fifteen years, is one of the athletes who accept without flinching the strict health measures put in place at the Olympic Village in Tokyo when others speak of conditions "close to prison".
For several months with his club, he has become accustomed to wearing the mask in all circumstances, at work and with his family, in order to protect his wife and child, who also suffers from pulmonary complications.
Mauricio Borges has also converted to wearing a mask.
"Training with or without a mask is the same for me"
Honestly, I don't see any more difficulties.
Training with or without a mask is the same for me, so I don't see why I wouldn't use it knowing that it can protect me but also my colleagues and prevent me from catching a new one. times the virus
”, justified the 2016 Olympic champion who remains however an exception in the midst of some 11,000 athletes who will participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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