I started my Olympic camp December 12th, 2019 in the United States of America with coach Mohamed Ali Melghagh. The weeks that I have trained in The United States was one of the hardest camps that I have experienced and the best that I have felt for a competition. We trained more hours, did specific work and at an early stage of the preparation I felt ready for the Olympic Qualification that was coming.
I competed January 28th, 2020 in my first tournament of the year, the Mexico Taekwondo Open. My first match was against former world champion of Mexico, Saul Gutierrez. For me this was the time to see how my preparations are going and I can say that it went better than expected. After three rounds, the last round ended with a score of 25-25. To determine a winner there was another round (golden point). The person who makes the first point will be the winner. This eventually became the Mexican.
This game went very well, until I got a kick in the face during the beginning of the third round that disturbed my focus. After this kick I saw black for a few seconds, but in order not to give the Mexican the feeling that I was dizzy, I continued to attack and managed to equalize the score after falling behind. After my game I still had severe pains on the right side of my face and severe swelling started to develop. When I visited the doctor, who was present at the tournament I was told that I probably suffered a mild concussion from this kick in the face. I was also told that it would be better to analyze how heavy this blow was if I did not fight through it. I was advised to continue to ice my face and was given a painkiller against the pain.