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'I've got nothing to lose': Dame Valerie wants to compete at Tokyo 2020

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 3:48PM
Valerie Adams says that people shouldn't write her off just because she's had children. (Photo / Photosport)

Gold medallist Dame Valerie Adams intends to return to the Olympics for another shot at glory.

The shotput star, who is a four time World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has taken time away from the sport after giving birth to her second child, Kepaleli, earlier this year.

However, Adams revealed for the first time to Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford that she aims to compete at Tokyo 2020. 

"I've actually got nothing to lose," she says. 

She says she is going to train and work in the background, and credits having a good network around her to help her.

Adams says she will work her arse off to get to Tokyo, and hopes to prove anyone who doubts her wrong. 

"People tend to write you off, but I have to keep reminding people, at the [2018] Commonwealth Games I may have won a silver medal, but I had my daughter six months before I was at the Commonwealth Games, and I had her via the sunroof."

She says that she will have to plan a little differently than normal in order to accommodate her children, but she intends to take them with her next year when she travels.

Adams credits her mother-in-law for helping her get back into the swing of things. 

"With him being a little premmy bubba, she's been a massive help and has committed herself I guess to me and my family for Tokyo."

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