Monday, 14 October, 2019

Naomi Osaka chooses Japan over US for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Naomi Osaka: World number three to give up US citizenship to represent Japan at Olympics Naomi Osaka to choose Japan nationality for Tokyo Olympics
Sidney Guerrero | 12 October, 2019, 16:54

Osaka shared with Japan's national broadcasting organisation, NHK, that she has started proceedings to choose Japanese citizenship.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to choose Japanese over American nationality with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported today. Eastern legislation stipulates that a Eastern with better than one nationality must selected one sooner than turning 22 years frail.

The 21-year-old world number three is a dual citizen of Japan and the United States but is obliged to pick one country under Japanese law by her next birthday.

She was born to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother but was raised in the U.S.

Osaka said she would be honoured to represent Japan at the next Olympics, which will be held in the country of her birth.

"It is a special feeling to aim for the Olympics as a representative of Japan", she told NHK News.

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We were sloppy with the ball, we didn't move it as quickly as we normally do. We've still got stuff to work on, and we can see that tonight'.

Osaka recently defeated world No. 1 player Ash Bary in the final of the China Open in Beijing this past Sunday.

And while Japan has largely embraced Osaka, she still faces some indignities.

Osaka is now in fine form, winning the Toray Pan Pacific event in September and the China Open this month.

Osaka notched a historic U.S. Open win against Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in 2018, which made her the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam title.

Following her sensational triumph, the Japanese star continued to collect tennis trophies, adding one more Grand Slam to her name by winning the 2019 Australian Open.

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