Episode 6

Ali Jawad on vaccination hopes to help his Tokyo preparation

Published on: 18th January, 2021

Today's guest in this ten minute podcast is Paralympic powerlifter Ali Jawad who's hoping a Covid vaccination will help his Tokyo preparations enormously.

Ali has Crohn's Disease which makes him clinically extremely vulnerable.

He's competed in three Games, including a silver in Rio. The last four years have been incredibly challenging and it's touch and go if he makes Tokyo. His body has suffered with his bouts of illness but is determined not to give in. Getting to the Games will be an achievement.

Even before lockdown he had to self-isolate because of the severity of his illness. So his home gym has been in place for some time. And now he's gearing up for his next competition, scheduled for Manchester in March.

Thanks for listening. I'm producing these podcasts to tell athletes' stories but also to raise money for Maggie's Cancer Centres. If you've enjoyed listening, maybe you'd consider a small donation.


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Destination Tokyo
Olympic and Paralympic stories in the run up to the Tokyo Games.
I’ve covered 5 Olympic and 5 Paralympic Games at home and abroad. Tokyo 2020 was to have been numbers 6. So how are the athletes preparing during Covid times. And what are they learning in the run up to the Games. The Podcast lasts around 10 mins and comes out daily, Monday to Friday. I’m also using it to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres to thank them for the help they’ve given my wife and family during her bowel cancer journey.
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Mark Shardlow

Hi - I'm Mark, a Sports Journalist specialising in Olympic and Paralympic Sports. I also help others podcast.