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Olympic hopefuls pose for photos in their green and gold competition kits in Sydney on March 31. (AP Photo)

Olympic gold medalist and rugby sevens player Charlotte Caslick was one of ten Australian athletes to reveal their uniforms for the Olympic team at a start with the iconic Sydney Opera House as a backdrop.

Team leaders said that Kit makes the games look more real for athletes who had to wait 12 months to compete after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021 during the coronavirus pandemic.

Caslick posed in her bright yellow jersey and her shorts, saying that her squad will peak at the right time to defend its title when the Tokyo Olympics begin in July.

« We had an interrupted preparation but I think we are the strongest and fastest we’ve been in a long time – we’re ready to go, « she said. « We have been working on the Tokyo Games for five years and we look forward to finally making our preparations for the most important sporting event in the world. »

The headlines surrounding the Tokyo Olympics have recently turned to concerns about its spread of the virus, bans on foreign ticket holders and the so-called bubble that athletes and officials have to endure during the games.

For Caslick, who was part of the team that won the first Olympic gold medal in rugby sevens in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro , the focus is more personal. A win against New Zealand earned them the gold medal in Rio, but a two-year loss to New Zealanders at the Commonwealth Games on home soil had just as much weight in their preparations for Tokyo.

« We are evident in the Commonwealth Games Finished second. You probably think just as much about it and how much it hurt, « she said.

All travelers arriving in Australia are required to undergo a 14-day hotel quarantine. This has resulted in delays in returning some citizens during the pandemic. Up to 480 Australian athletes will likely also have to be quarantined on charter flights from Tokyo upon their return.

« The quarantine solution is still perpetual, » team principal Ian Chesterman told the Australian Associated Press. « We will have large groups that are likely to fly to Sydney or Brisbane. They will have to be quarantined there. » They will not all come to one city because we are bringing many people back in a short period of time. « 

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