There has been uncertainty about whether the athletics star would start during the championship in Torun, Poland from 4 to 7 March. Now the decision has been made.
Warholm stated this when he had invited to a press conference on social media on Tuesday.
– I am in good shape, and it is a shame (not to participate), but the risk is greater than the upside, Warholm said.
He further added that there are horror scenarios around what it means to get corona.
– It can in the worst case mean the end of his career, and it can mean the end for my good coach Leif Olav, even though he himself thinks he is immortal, Warholm said.
The 24-year-old is the reigning European indoor champion in the 400 meter flat. He won the distance in Glasgow two years ago.
There will thus be no repetition of that feat in Poland.
Instead, he sets other goals for the time ahead. Next Sunday, the same day as Warholm turns 25, he will attack the Norwegian record of 300 meters. It happens in Bærum Idrettspark.
– I am better than last year, and the preparations have been good. I have been at home a lot and trained extremely much, Warholm said on Tuesday.
Coach Leif Olav Alnes is also a huge optimist ahead of the upcoming season.
– Do not sell the share on Warholm completely yet. There are many indications that great things await. Hopefully it will be a great outdoor season, he said.
A lot to look forward to
Alnes is clear that the student is at a higher level than a year ago.
– I have become stronger, we have carried out more weight training, and we have had a dynamic approach. The basis is much better now than a year ago, Warholm said.
The plan for the outdoor season is not one hundred percent nailed.
– Bislett is almost one hundred percent, and there are several other conventions I am willing to participate in. When it comes to the Olympics in Tokyo, I do not take the grief in advance, but hope for a good outcome. If the athletes are able to complete the vaccination, it will look very good, Warholm said.