Chris Hoy has no doubts that Jason and Laura Kenny will claim further Olympic glory at Tokyo 2020, despite grappling with the challenges of juggling their sporting and family commitments.

Laura Kenny recently took time away from cycling to have the pair's first child, Albert, who was born last August, while her husband also enjoyed a break from the sport after improving his Olympic gold medal tally to six at Rio 2016.

Jason Kenny subsequently revealed he had privately made the decision to retire, but was tempted into a comeback - along with his wife – in February at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the Netherlands, where each claimed a silver in their team events.

Hoy, level with Jason Kenny as Great Britain's most prolific Olympic champion, believes the husband and wife duo are blazing a trail and is backing them to overcome the trials of parenthood and prosper again on the grandest stage in two years.

"It's a unique situation, I can't think of any other Olympic champion couples who've had a baby and are both coming back into competition together at the same time," HSBC ambassador Hoy told Omnisport.

"They're breaking new ground. Normally an athlete...[for example] Jess Ennis becoming a mum then comes back into competition and she's got a husband and family around to help her.

"But when both are competing it's a huge challenge, but having said that they both came into the worlds team and performed really well and won medals having done minimal preparation.

"If anybody can do it, it's Jason and Laura. I know they've got a great network around them, a fantastic family who are supporting them 24-7 and I don't doubt that Jason and Laura will be on top of that podium in Tokyo, but that's not to underestimate the challenges.

"Having had a couple of children myself now, under the age of three, it's amazing how much it drains you and a little bit of broken sleep can affect you massively.

"So for them to deal with the sleep deprivation and a change in routine it'll be a big challenge but as I say I've no doubt they can do it.

"Expectations are high and for good reason because they've proven time and time again they're the best in the world. They've got 10 Olympic medals between them which is incredible and I've no doubt they'll add to that in two years."

Hoy was speaking at the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham, an event the seven-time Olympic medallist thoroughly enjoyed.

"The last sevens tournament I went to was probably about 1990! It's my first time at a major sevens tournament so it's been really exciting," he said.

"It's been a unique atmosphere, everyone getting into the spirit of it and it's a real carnival atmosphere."


Chris Hoy was speaking at the HSBC London Sevens on behalf of HSBC. The title sponsor of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is working in partnership with World Rugby to reach new fans, support the growth of Rugby Sevens worldwide and fulfil their shared goal of helping the sport thrive in the long term.