Cyprus discus champion Apostolos Parellis is set to take part in the Halle International Throw Meet in Halle, Germany on May 20.
Speaking at a press conference, Parellis revealed that following an intensive period of conditioning which saw him travel to South Africa and Athens, he will be competing in five tournaments in as many weeks in the not too distant future.
The first will be the Halle International Throws Meet on May 20 followed by Heraklion in Crete where last year he set a new national record of 65.59 metres, The World Challenge in Holland, the Cyprus Games and the Bruno Zaouli to be held over the last weekend of June.
Parellis aims to throw at least 65m in order to qualify for the World Championships to be held in London in August and is hoping to be invited to take part in the Diamond Leagues during July and believes that invitations will be forthcoming pending a good performance in June.
Goals for the moment are limited to taking part in the World Championships in London according to Parellis and he hasn’t started thinking about the Tokyo Olympics just yet.
“I certainly want to be healthy enough to reach a high standard of preparedness in order to be able to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Parellis.
The athlete expressed his disappointment at finishing in 13th place during the London Olympics in 2012 adding that he is trying to improve his technique through his training.
Concluding, Parellis thanked his sponsors – OPAP Cyprus, Nike, Sci-MX supplements and EShop for Sports as well as the Cyprus Federation of Amateur Athletics (KOEAS), Cyprus Sports Organization (CSO) and the “Pancyprian” Gymnastics Club (GSP) in Nicosia.