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As Naomi Osaka Gives Up US Citizenship To Play For Japan, Here Are Other Olympians That Have Competed For Different Countries

On Thursday, Japanese Public Broadcasting Station NHK, introduced that tennis star, Naomi Osaka has determined to surrender her U.S. citizenship and to take Japanese nationality for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Osaka was introduced up within the U.S. to a Japanese mom and Haitian father and is a U.S. citizen. The upcoming Olympic video games influenced her resolution to pursue the Japanese nationality in Tokyo. Osaka instructed NHK that it could be “a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics and represent Japan.”

“I think that playing with the pride of the country will make me feel more emotional,” she added.

Japanese legislation states that residents with twin nationality should select one earlier than age 22. Osaka turns 22 on October 16.

According to NHK, the Japan Tennis Association says that Osaka might be eligible to symbolize Japan within the Olympics if she performs for the nation in yet one more nationwide staff competitors organized by the International Tennis Federation.

This might be Osaka’s first Olympic look, however she shouldn’t be the one athlete in Olympic historical past to swap nationalities. According to a report from Rob Hodgetts of CNN, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang featured 178 athletes, or about 6 % of athletes, competed for a non-native nation.

As Naomi Osaka Gives Up US Citizenship To Play For Japan, Here Are Other Olympians That Have Competed For Different Countries
Tennis star Naomi Osaka introduced she’s going to hand over her U.S. citizenship to compete for Japan within the 2020 Olympics Julian Finney/Getty

The analysis additionally exhibits that in the course of the 2018 Olympics, the US, Russia and Canada have been the nations that skilled the biggest expertise drain, combining for 77 athletes who competed for different nations.

A bylaw to Rule 41 of the Olympic Charter said that athletes with twin citizenship can symbolize the nation of their selecting, and athletes who achieve new citizenship or want to change their Olympic standing can achieve this so long as at the least three years have handed since they most lately competed for his or her earlier nation.

In 2011, former South Korean pace skater, Ahn Hyun-soo swapped citizenships to compete for Russia, whereas additionally altering his title to Viktor Ahn. Ahn was injured in 2010, which stored him out of the Vancouver Olympics. In order to maintain his skating profession alive, Ahn grew to become a Russian citizen and competed for his or her pace skating staff.

Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian competed within the 2014 Olympics in Sochi as a member of the U.S. bobsled staff. In the next 12 months, Fenlator-Victorian switched her allegiance to Jamaica with hopes to draw extra females within the nation to bobsledding.

It’s crucial that “little girls and little boys see someone that looks like them, talks like them, has the same culture as them, has crazy, curly hair and wears a natural, has brown skin, included in different things in this world,” Fenlator-Victorian stated on the 2018 Winter Olympics press convention.

In 2014, a married couple, Gary di Silvestri and Angelica Morrone, competed within the Sochi Olympics underneath the flag of Dominica. The pair, who lived in Montana, obtained their citizenship by way of buying it. According to the nation’s web site, citizenship could also be obtained for a married couple by depositing $175,000 “into the appropriate account at the National Commercial Bank of Dominica.”

The couple barley competed within the 2014 video games, claiming harm and sickness once they did not end their respective occasions.

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

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