Yoshizumi Ishikawa, a 3-year-old athlete who won three Olympic table tennis and women's team medals and announced his retirement on January 1, is scheduled to hold a press conference in Tokyo from 30 p.m. on the 18th. It will be interesting to see what kind of words he uses to talk about his memories of his competitive life since childhood and his decision to retire.

We will report on the state of the press conference in a flash report.

《In the footsteps of Kasumi Ishikawa》

Kasumi Ishikawa is a 30-year-old from Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Ishikawa in the sixth grade of elementary school

Under the influence of her parents, who were table tennis players, she started playing table tennis at the age of 7, won many tournaments in the development age group and attracted attention, and was selected for the Japan national team for the first time at the age of 14, the youngest in history at the time, and won the women's singles title at the 3 All Japan Championships in her third year of high school.

London Olympics (2012)

With her powerful forehand drives and ability to score in rallies, she participated in the Olympic Games in London 2012 at the age of 19 and helped the women's team win the silver medal, the first medal in the history of Japan table tennis, and also won the bronze medal in the women's team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Rio de Janeiro Olympics (2016)

After that, he had a difficult time due to the success of young players, but he strengthened his serve and receiving and changed to an aggressive style of play that aggressively attacks even if he takes risks.

Tokyo Olympics (2021)

As a result, at the Tokyo Olympics, she served as the vice-captain of the Japan team and won the silver medal in the women's team competition, winning two silver medals and one bronze medal in three Olympic Games.

In addition, at the World Championships, he won the gold medal in mixed doubles for the first time in 2017 years as a Japan player in 38.

In addition to losing in the semifinals to Hina Hayata, who participated in the All Japan Championships in January, where she has won the singles championship a total of five times, last month she participated in an international tournament held in Macau, where the world's top players gather, and lost to China's Chen Mu, the gold medalist in women's singles at the Tokyo Olympics, and finished in the round of 1. This was his last match as a player.

On the 1st of this month, Ishikawa announced on his social media that he would retire from active play, saying, "I have a strong feeling that I have done it, and I have decided to retire."