Osaka set to represent Japan at Tokyo Olympics

Osaka set to represent Japan at Tokyo Olympics

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has chose to take sole Japanese nationality over United States citizenship with a view to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

Osaka was was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Hatian father, but was raised in the United States. At 22 years old, Japanese law obliges dual-nationality citizens to choose one.

The Japanese Olympic Committee and a US -based agent for Osaka in the United States could not immediately be reached outside business hours. "I think that playing with the pride of the country will make me feel more emotional".

Osaka added she wants to aim for the gold although she is also anxious as expectations will be high.

Her victory, coming after last month's title success at the Pan Pacific Open in Japan, lifted her back to No.3 in the world.

Osaka won the China Open Sunday and is now ranked No. 3 in the world, playing for Japan both in the Fed Cup and on the WTA Tour.

But she has faced controversies over her dual heritage in a nation that is fairly racially homogeneous, as well as scrutiny for her imperfect Japanese language skills - though others insist they add to her charm. But prejudice remains against "haafu", or half-Japanese, including cases of bullying against mixed-race children.

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.

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