Jessica Ryde, the second goalkeeper of the Swedish women's handball team, tells Sportbladet that she regrets her momentary whim in the Olympic village, which could have exposed her to one of the biggest stars of the Olympics.
For the 27-year-old Ryde, the Tokyo Olympics are the first of their kind, so he is determined to make the most of his time.
On Tuesday, he had walked with his teammates Emma Linqvist and Melissa Petren in the aisles of the Olympic village when they collided with tennis superstar Novak Djokovic.
After reflection, the Swedes decided to approach the Serb surrounded by fans in the hope of a common picture.
The wait was worth it, as in the end the handball players got as they got a picture with the star.
The goalkeeper does not regret taking a picture, but how he behaved at the time of taking the picture.
Ryde was the only one in the gang who took the mask off his face during the photo shoot.
Ryde says the reason is to seize the moment.
- When you get a chance, you must not miss it, the Swede said in an interview with Aftonbladet.
However, he stated immediately afterwards that he would not repeat his actions.
- In hindsight, it was silly.
It was stupid to expose such a good player and myself.
I shouldn't have done that.
I hope he doesn’t get sick because of it, that wasn’t my intention.
It was just a small short circuit for me, Ryde voiced.
The common picture that caused regret can be seen in the affair of Aftonbladet.
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