“It taught me about dedication. It taught me about putting in the hours, and you get a result … It’s something that is really, really special,” Matt added to BBC Sport.
When he was diagnosed with anaemia at the age of 14, the presenter’s parents thought it best he should not compete anymore.
However, he still pursued a sports form in the shape of acrobatics and became a Junior British Champion in the field.
Matt has been a commentator for the past three Olympic Games, including those taking place in Rio and London.
Tokyo Olympics coverage airs weekdays from 5am on BBC One.