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JO: Steven Da Costa: "For me, karate is a great family story"


World champion in 2018 and European champion the following year, the 24-year-old karateka wants to win gold in Tokyo. Especially since it will be his only chance, since this sport will not be in Paris.

Steven, what does it mean to you to experience the Olympic Games?

Steven Da Costa:

It's complicated to explain because it's both a lot, because the Games are the holy grail of any athlete, and at the same time it's not huge because if I go there and I don't bring nothing back… I have to win for it to be something big.

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Was it a childhood dream for you knowing that karate is only making its return to the Olympic program for Tokyo?

I think it is the dream of every athlete, even if at the base, my discipline was not Olympic.

After that, from the moment I learned that karate was back on the program, the Games became my main goal.

How did you come to karate?

It's a great family story (smile).

First there was my big brother who got into it, and with my twin brother, we joined him when we were only four years old.

And at that point, my dad also decided to go for it so that he could train us.

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Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-08-04

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