August 4, 2021
Participating in the Olympic Games is the crowning achievement of an athlete’s career. Over 11,300 athletes from more than 200 countries are currently competing, across 50 disciplines, for a coveted gold, silver or bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Living with diabetes is no obstacle to competing at the highest level. The Croatian delegation in Tokyo features two athletes living with type 1 diabetes – Kristina Tomić and Ivan Marcelić. Kristina has been living with the condition since 2019 and represents Croatia in women’s Taekwondo (<49kg weight category), while Ivan was diagnosed in 2005 and is a member of the Croatian men’s water polo team.
Just before Tokyo 2020 got underway, Ines Jakopanec and Ana Špoljarić, from the Zagreb Diabetic Association, spoke with Kristina and Ivan about life with diabetes and how they manage their condition ahead of a big competition.
The content below has been adapted and reproduced with the kind permission of the Zagreb Diabetes Association