After covering the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, I had the chance to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, which were postponed to 2021.
I worked for the Olympic Information Service (OIS) and the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), both companies part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and that provide professional reporting and photography to the accredited media.
It was my first time reporting in English and doing TV interviews in English. I covered tennis, climbing and volley during the Olympics and wheelchair tennis during the Paralympics.
After the Games, I managed to travel a bit. It was my third time in Japan and I decided to go to Oshima, a magical island just two hours from Tokyo and famous for the camellia flowers.
I hiked the active volcano called Mount Mihara, where Godzilla got killed in a movie and resurrected in the next one, and went to a few spas. I wrote a tourism piece for Folha de S.Paulo about Oshima. Here is a snippet:
OSHIMA, JAPÃO – Nem só de sakuras vive o Japão. Além das famosas cerejeiras que cobrem o país na primavera, outra espécie é estrela em Oshima, uma pequena ilha vulcânica a apenas 120 km de Tóquio. São as tsubakis, flores de camélia selvagem que pintam as ruelas de vermelho nos meses mais frios do ano.
Com menos de 10 mil habitantes, Oshima é a maior das Ilhas Izu e a mais próxima da capital. Ainda que sob jurisdição do governo de Tóquio, fica a mundos de distância da bagunça da metrópole, com um charme pitoresco do Japão antigo e ritmo lento das cidades do interior. Continue lendo na Folha de S.Paulo.
Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022
A few months after Tokyo 2020, I went to cover Beijing 2022, my first Olympic Winter Games. We had to take Covid-19 tests every day, we could only go to Olympic venues and credentialed hotels, and wear masks all the time.
But it was all worth it. I covered Curling and Wheelchair Curling for the OIS (text) and for the OBS (TV) and spent most of my time inside the Ice Cube, the same arena known as the Water Cube for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
I wrote a bunch of pieces I really enjoyed, especially the one about the Chinese bagpipers who opened every day of the tournament with Scotland the Brave.