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The GB team certainly clock up a fair amount of air miles and one well travelled member, Michael Harvey is just one more long haul trip from requiring a new passport.
One flight Harvey is determined to be sat on is the trip to Rio, in just two years time.
The next stop for the jet-setter is the WTF World Grand Prix in Astana, Kazahstan, following on from his recent trip to the Far East for the last Grand Prix in Suzhou and Korean Open.
“I actually don’t have any spare pages in my passport. Fortunately, I don’t think we need a visa for Astana otherwise I would have had to send off for a new one,” says Mancunian Harvey.
“Because of the new ranking system I’ve been to a lot more places in the last 12 months,” added Harvey who has also competed in the Middle East and Azerbaijan during 2014.
“You just get back from one tournament; have a few weeks back home and then we are packing to go off again. But it is good to test yourself against the best on a regular basis.”
Fighting at -68kg in Astana, Harvey will be joined by Luxor Open and Fujairah Open champion, Reubyn Richards. After alternating between -68kg and -63kg, Harvey is looking to stabilise in the -68kg weight division following disappointment at -63kg.
“Despite that I am still our top ranked 68 because the points from -63 transfer over. I was in the world’s top 10 for a while but have just slipped out.”
Joining Harvey and Richards are Manchester Grand Prix winners, Lutalo Muhamma and Mahama Cho, European silver medallist, Damon Sansum and London 2012 gold medallist, Jade Jones.