Osaka giving up U.S. citizenship to play for Japan in 2020 Olympics: media


FILE PHOTO: Tennis – China Open – Women’s Singles – Final – National Tennis Center, Beijing, China – October 6, 2019. Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning the match against Ashleigh Barty of Australia. REUTERS/Jason Lee

TOKYO (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka has taken steps to give up her U.S. citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics, Japanese media said on Thursday.

The 21-year-old tennis star, whose parents are Haitian and Japanese, told NHK it will be special for her to represent host Japan at the Tokyo Games, the public broadcaster said.


Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by William Mallard


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