Watan­abe to com­pete in Hun­gary

Sun.Star Baguio - - PRIMESPORTS -

KUALA LUMPUR -Af­ter win­ning her third straight gold medal in the 29th South­east Asian Games judo com­pe­ti­tion here, Filipino-Ja­panese Kiy­omi Watan­abe will join the World Judo Cham­pi­onships next week in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary.

Philip­pine Am­a­teur Judo As­so­ci­a­tion (PAJA) pres­i­dent Dave Carter said the tour­na­ment in Hun­gary is one of the qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ments for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"She has to com­pete in other rank­ing tour­na­ments to earn more points," said Carter in an in­ter­view on Satur­day night at the Philip­pine sec­re­tariat of­fice in Sun­way Pu­tra Ho­tel here.

Carter said the 21year-old Watan­abe was sched­uled to fly back to Manila on Sun­day af­ter­noon, a day af­ter win­ning the gold medal in the women's un­der 63kg event, to catch a flight to Bu­dapest.

The World Judo Cham­pi­onship will be held at the Bu­dapest Sports Arena from August 28 to Septem­ber 3. The tour­na­ment fea­tures seven weight cat­e­gories and team events in both men's and women's di­vi­sions.

“Her tri­umph here in Malaysia has bol­stered her morale and fight­ing spirit in her quest for glory. Hope­fully, she will do well in Hun­gary," said Carter, who also teaches judo at the Univer­si­dad de Manila.

Carter, who is also an in­ter­na­tional judo judge, stressed the need for Watan­abe to com­pete abroad.

“We want to give her enough for­eign ex­po­sure be­cause she is our top bet for the gold in the Tokyo Olympics. Al­low­ing her to com­pete in highly com­pet­i­tive judo tour­na­ments will sharpen her skill,” said Carter, who is also a multi-ti­tled ath­lete be­fore he be­came the judo as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent three years ago.

Watan­abe's train­ing is be­ing han­dled by Ja­panese coach Yazaki Yuta and na­tional coach Roland Lla­mas.

Watan­abe was born and raised in Tokyo. Her Ce­buana mother, Irene Sa­rausap, is mar­ried to Ja­panese Shigeru Watan­abe. PNA

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.