Japan's brother-and-sister Olympic judo champions Hifumi and Uta Abe said Tuesday that they are spurring each other on in their bid to defend their titles at this year's Paris Games.

The siblings both won individual golds within an hour of each other at the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and they are likely to be a force to be reckoned with again in Paris.

Both are four-time world champions, and Hifumi Abe told reporters in Tokyo that he does not want to be outdone by his younger sister this summer.