Adri Arnaus will debut on Thursday at the Tokyo Games golf tournament with enthusiasm and without fear, ready to cover, as far as possible, Jon Rahm’s absence at the last minute due to a positive coronavirus.
In a telematic press conference with the Spanish press, Arnaus admitted that the absence of Jon Rahm due to his positive for covid “is a hard blow”. “We knew that with Jon the team had many medal options, but the situation we live in today is what it is and you don’t know until the last minute what is going to happen.”
Rahm’s place is finally occupied by Jorge Campillo, whom Arnaus welcomes in the team. “Now with Jorge we are going for everything too. We have very high aspirations. This is a very cool challenge. Any medal would be a good result but we will go for gold against the best in the world.”
He has already had time to train twice on the tournament stage. “We have played two laps. Sunday was a first contact and I already realized that the field requires being a very complete player. You have to get the strength and the line well and with that we are going to put a lot of putts.” His second round served him to “see different options, propose the strategy, see the different winds. We have everything ready.”
The nerves will appear “because it is a new experience, but I am happy with how I have acclimatized, with time to adapt to the heat and jet lag,” he said.
Jorge Campillo has already passed two covid controls and this Tuesday in Madrid he underwent the third. If the result is also negative, he will fly to Tokyo and arrive at the Olympic venue on Wednesday, one day before the start of the tournament.