The Courier-Mail



Japan, badminton

A flawed but fascinatin­g Japanese cult hero, he missed the last Games after being banned for visiting an illegal casino.

Last year he was involved in a fatal car accident and a decade ago his home region was struck by an earthquake. He has somehow survived to be one of the favourites for the individual gold. A two-time world champion who won 67 of 73 matches in 2019.

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