However, on the basis of “good evil”, Samba, who will turn 26 by next September, also considers himself lucky to postpone the Olympic event, “because I was not fit as I should have last summer, due to the big injury I suffered in 2019, so the postponement gave me a chance Great to prepare and prepare well.”
Samba, who resorted to athletics in his early days to increase his speed while playing football, describes the recent period as “difficult”, and says that “the preparations and the fear of postponing the Olympics is a great preoccupation for me.”
Samba, who was born in Saudi Arabia to a Mauritanian family before he was naturalized in Qatar, told AFP during his training at the Aspire Academy in Doha that what was reported about the possibility of delaying again due to the pandemic, had a great impact on the players, especially since the player did not He knows when he should be ready, he doesn’t know if the games will be on time or even further back!
But Samba, who is only twenty seconds away from American record holder Kevin Young (46.78 seconds), and has held since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and shares third place with American Ray Benjamin in the list of the best records in the world, believes that he has reached the required level by 80 to 90% after the preparation period, which he described as “very harsh” due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
Tasted the Olympics in Jakarta!
Samba is not paying attention to the impact of his lack of experience on his Olympic debut, compared to his first competitor in the 400m hurdles, Norwegian world champion Carsten Warholm, who was previously at the Rio Olympics.
He considers that he lived the experience during his participation in the 2018 Asian Games, which won his gold, noting that the Jakarta Games gave him the same taste of the Olympics.
But Samba, who won the 400-meter hurdles bronze in the World Cup Doha 2019 on his home soil, acknowledges the difficulty of participating in the competitions in the absence of the audience, “The Olympics is a big event, and the fans give it more beauty and their presence gives you motivation and shares your joy.”
He continued: “We have to accept the reality, the audience will be incomplete, but it will support us from behind the screens, and we have adapted to this situation after participating in the tournaments that the audience is absent.”
Getting out of isolation is not a goal!
Samba acknowledges the difficulty of the conditions that accompany the entire session due to the outbreak of Corona, especially in light of the isolation in the medical bubble, as “the player always aspires to go out and learn about the landmarks in the organized country, and this will not be possible.”
But Samba also stresses that going out will not be the biggest goal for the participants, as “safety remains the priority,” as he puts it.
Samba, who specialized in 400 hurdles a few months before the 2017 World Cup, rejects the principle of regret not breaking the world record in Paris in 2018 in the seventh round of the Diamond League. “The Paris race was very cool. I remember I slowed down in the last meters, but I think I I did not regret it because it gives me more motivation to break the record in the coming period.”
“I don’t reveal the secret of the broth!”
In response to a question whether the champion who loved football, after practicing handball, volleyball and basketball, broke his record during the exercises, without telling anyone, Samba smiles, and says: “Exercise numbers the player does not prefer to take, because every cook has his The secret of the flavor, exercises are the secret of the recipe, and the player does not like to share its numbers with anyone.”
And about his message to the new generations to encourage the exercise of strength in the countries hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Samba, a fan of the French and German national teams in the current European Cup, points out that “athletics is a game of passion and challenge, especially the challenge with oneself before it is with others.” He stressed that his message is an invitation to generations to “live the passion” in the mother of games.
Samba confirms that the work to raise the flag of Qatar in the global platforms represents his constant motivation and passion, in his quest to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Moataz Barshim, the world champion in high jump, whom Samba describes as “the brother and the great hero, whose advice and achievements we benefit from, as he is the icon.” Sports we imitate.