Ayşe Dudu Karatay is aiming for gold at Tokyo 2020 ©Twitter/@kagitspor

Para-taekwondo athlete Ayse Dudu Karatay has said the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics has not affected her negatively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Turkish competitor is continuing to work hard from home and believes she has not let the delay of the Games get her down.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics were moved back by a year and are now taking place from August 24 to September 5 in 2021.

Taekwondo is due to make its debut on the Paralympic stage in the Japanese capital, alongside badminton.

"There will be positive or negative sides of postponing the Games, postponing them will not affect me because I keep doing the training completely," Karatay said to Anadolu.

"Actually, it was perhaps better to postpone them, my friends who have a lack of training will overcome their shortcomings in this case.

"I think the decision to postpone has no negative aspects to affect their performance."

Karatay has trained indoors and created a makeshift training programme.

She said: "I warm-up by riding the bicycle for one hour at 8am every morning, then I do endurance training and stretching, walking and running for five kilometres to avoid loss of stamina and performance.

"I also pay attention to what I eat and drink."

At 36, Karatay said she is hoping to clinch a gold medal in Tokyo next year.

The women's over 58 kilograms K44 competitor has already won two World Championships, three European Championships and seven national titles in Turkey.

She added: "It is my greatest wish to listen to our national anthem, I have no doubt that God will show me those days."