Tennis player, Naomi Osaka gives up US citizenship to play for Japan in 2020 Olympics

Naomi Osaka

The No, 3 ranked female tennis player, Naomi Osaka who currently has dual citizenship with the US and Japan, has given up her U.S. citizenship to represent Japan in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Osaka was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, and raised in the United States. because Japanese law stipulates that a Japanese with more than one nationality must chose one before turning 22 years old.

A bylaw to Rule 41 of the Olympic Charter stated that athletes with dual citizenship can represent the country of their choosing, and athletes who gain new citizenship or wish to change their Olympic status can do so as long as at least three years have passed since they most recently competed for their previous country.

At the 2020 Olympics, Osaka will be the fourth athlete to compete for Japan after swapping nationalities.

The two-time Grand Slam champion told the broadcaster in an interview in Tokyo. “I think I will be able to put more of my emotion into it by playing for the pride of the country,”

It’s definitely going to be very special,” Osaka said. “I think there’s no other place that I’d rather play my first Olympics. I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me.”

Osaka currently resides in the US, and it’s unclear if her citizenship decision will change where she lives or trains.

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