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The tennis star chooses Japan before the US for the Olympics

2019-10-10T11:04:48.553Z

World Streamer Naomi Osaka has decided to give up her US citizenship. Thus, she will be able to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics next year. - It will be very special, Osaka tells Japanese NHK.



Next year, the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be decided. And now it seems that the home team is getting a big gold jump for the games.

World Streamer Naomi Osaka tells Japanese NHK that she is aiming to represent Japan and that she has already begun the process of having only Japanese citizenship.

- It will definitely be very special. There is no other place I would have liked to play my first Olympics. I think it will be one of the most memorable events of my life, Osaka tells NHK.

Ranked one this year

Japanese law requires people with dual citizenship to choose a country before the age of 22, and Osaka turns 22 on October 16. Naomi Osaka has been ranked one in the world during the year and has won two grand slam titles in her career.

Osaka's parents come from Japan and Haiti, but she has lived in the United States for much of her life.

Japan's tennis association says Naomi Osaka must play a national competition with Japan to represent them in the Olympics.

Source: svt

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