Avid gamer Dan Goodfellow would not suppose the inclusion of Esports within the Video games would devalue his Olympic medal, writes Paul Martin.
The 24-year-old diving ace is making ready to go for gold in Tokyo this summer season alongside Jack Laugher – a partnership which has been strengthened by a shared love of on-line gaming.
Esports will formally grow to be a medal occasion on the 2022 Asian Video games in China and although Goodfellow has some reservations concerning the Olympics following go well with, he wouldn’t begrudge the world’s finest avid gamers the prospect to compete below their very own banner on the world stage.
“I observe Name of Obligation and I’m a giant World of Warcraft and Future participant as properly, so I watch Esports on a regular basis,” stated Goodfellow, who’s working with Purplebricks to encourage the nation to get behind Crew GB on their journey to Tokyo.
“As a result of I play a number of video games, I can respect the extent of talent they’ve. Folks suppose ‘it’s simply folks taking part in video video games’ however a number of the finest on this planet are like us – they prepare for hours day-after-day.
“I’m one of many few folks that may respect what they do in addition to what I do. In a way, the 2 issues are simply as arduous, simply in several disciplines. I understand how arduous it’s.
“I’ve heard some speak about them being on the Olympics in future. I wouldn’t say I class it as a sport, as such, and I’m undecided if they need to be Olympians alongside us. But when that they had their very own Esports Olympics, that might be fully truthful sufficient.”
Goodfellow and Laugher made positive they packed their screens for his or her journey to Edinburgh, the place the pair are quickly coaching.
The duo have used gaming to remain in fixed contact all through the varied nationwide lockdowns and Goodfellow, who received bronze alongside Tom Daley at Rio 2016, relishes plunging into digital actuality
“I’m not on the stage of these prime gamers nevertheless it’s one thing I actually get pleasure from doing with my buddies,” he stated.
“Once you’ve not had an excellent session, it’s an excellent factor to hop on and unwind from the stress and stress of Olympic sport and diving.”
Together with his second Video games now simply months away, preparations are stepping up a notch however competitions stay in brief provide – Goodfellow and Laugher haven’t taken on their rivals since a runners-up end in Montreal within the FINA World Sequence final March.
The duo additionally occupied the second rung on the podium on the 2019 World Championships and they’re hopeful of difficult for prime spot this summer season, with Laugher defending the gold he received alongside Chris Mears in Rio.
“Me and Jack are a comparatively new synchro partnership – I solely got here down from the towers in 2018 – so the longer now we have to coach the higher,” stated Goodfellow.
“It’s not essentially a great factor the Video games have been postponed nevertheless it has given us extra time to coach and get ourselves prepared for our finish aim, which is the Olympics.
“We’re fortunate to have the ability to prepare at the moment and I believe we’re wanting good. Our enchancment is large each single day.”
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