Her move to drop United States citizenship is with a view to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for Japan, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
World number three tennis star Naomi Osaka has made a decision to choose a Japanese citizenship over an American one, as she prepares to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She now has dual citizenship with the United States and Japan, but Japanese law requires that she choose one or the other by her 22nd birthday.
The 22-year-old was born in Japan to a Japanese mom and a Haitian father but was later brought to the U.S. She maintained a duel nationality, but according to Japanese law, people with dual nationality must pick one before their 22nd birthday. The family moved to the United States to live with her paternal grandparents in NY when she was 3.More news: Robert Forster: Jackie Brown star dies aged 78
Osaka shared exclusively with Olympic Channel that playing at Tokyo 2020 would mean a lot to her as it will be her maiden Olympic experience.
"It's definitely going to be very special". "I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me".
Following her sensational triumph, the Japanese star continued to collect tennis trophies, adding one more Grand Slam to her name by winning the 2019 Australian Open. Osaka is already the face of several leading Japanese brands, and although Japan has widely embraced her, she still faces some backlash.More news: Mastercard, Visa, EBay, Others Exit Facebook's Libra Coin Project
In July, in an interview with the International Tennis Federation, she said: "Winning gold in Tokyo is something that I have dreamed about".
She also said she does better in very high-stakes moments, so she has high expectations for herself in the Tokyo Olympics.More news: Volvo XC40 Electric Shows New Android-Powered Infotainment