Agatha and Doda are already seeded in the round of 16 of the women’s beach volleyball group at the Tokyo Olympics, already with their rival by the end of the coronation campaign. It is not an opponent to be faced on the sand, but in distractions and leisure: social networks.
Agatha and Doda in Tokyo (Photo: Reuters)
The pair adopted some kind of code to impose restrictions on the use of dating apps. Released this Thursday, COB (Brazil Olympic Committee) Note recommending that athletes prioritize performance at Tokyo 2020 Avoid being distracted by social media.
Duda and Agatha finished the second set by 21×18 and won 2×0
Ugatha, the 38-year-old Olympic silver medalist from Rio 2016, gave Doda, 20, tips to avoid the temptations to spend hours searching for posts and reactions.
– Agatha gave me some advice. We try to protect ourselves as much as possible. Most Brazilians want us to win, but there is a lot of talk about gold. We have to focus on the path we have worked on,” Duda emphasized.
The two qualified for the round of 16 in beach volleyball with second place in Class C, after two wins (against Argentina and Canada) and one defeat (China). They are still waiting for the opponent to knockout. Meanwhile, they monitor themselves on surfing the Internet.
Agatha vowed to spend no more than 30 minutes a day on the Internet. Doda realizes that he is taller than that, but does not venture down complex paths.
“I avoid things like comments,” he commented.
Alisson and Alvinio won and qualified for eighth place – Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters
In addition to focusing on the medal, it alerts the experienced player to concerns about the mental health of athletes in the reality of emotional overload. The biggest proof of this was American gymnast Simone Biles, the biggest star of these Olympics, who abandoned the public individual event for psychological reasons.
– They took the time to comment on mental health. In this “social network generation” this has been greatly improved. This is a topic that should be highly respected. We, as an athlete, have to prepare better and better. Biles was so brave, she was the name of the Olympian and she was weak, I thought it was unbelievable. Agatha said it opens the way for everyone to talk about it.
Alisson and Alvaro interview after beating the Netherlands 2-0 in men’s beach volleyball
Allison, who along with Alvaro beat Dutchmen Breuer and Muesen on Thursday, also commented on Simone Biles’ attitude and praised the gymnast’s behaviour.
– She had a lot of humility to reveal this to the world. We athletes are human and have a lot of emotions. She was humane, and I appreciate that.”
“Friendly zombie guru. Avid pop culture scholar. Freelance travel geek. Wannabe troublemaker. Coffee specialist.”