Naomi Osaka took steps to renounce her US citizenship in order to play alongside Japanese athletes at the 2020 Olympics, Japanese media reported on Thursday. The 21-year-old tennis star, whose parents are Haitian and Japanese, told NHK that it would be special for her to represent Japan at the Tokyo Games, announced the public broadcaster
Thursday October 10, 2019 ( (rezonodwes.com)) – World tennis star Naomi Osaka, who defends Japan's colors on the world circuit, has finally decided to give up her American citizenship in order to be able to represent Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. reported Thursday the public channel NHK .
Japanese law stipulates that a Japanese woman with more than one nationality must choose one before she turns 22.
Born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Naomi Osaka claimed to have crossed before her anniversary, October 16, an administrative step to obtain a unique citizenship, that of Japan.
“It gives me a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics to represent Japan,” said the holder of two Grand Slam titles. “I think I will be able to put more emotion in playing for the pride of the country,” she said, according to the article published in Japanese on the site of NHK .  Osaka added that she was aiming for the gold medal although she is worried about the high expectations that will weigh on her shoulders at the Olympics.
Osaka became the first Japanese sportsman to win a gold medal tournament. Grand Slam, in 2018 at the US Open, before gleaning the following year a second major at the Australian Open, becoming the first Japanese ever to rise to the top of the world tennis, men and women alike.