Sports: Japan has a chance to win gold at Rio Olympics, says Okuhara

(From AFP)

Japan has an opportunity to win gold in badminton at the Rio Olympics, All England Open champion Nozomi Okuhara said on Monday, a day after Japanese officials announced Kento Momota had been kicked off the team.

Nozomi Okuhara

Nozomi Okuhara

Okuhara, who is in the city-state for this week’s Singapore Open, did not take questions from reporters about the ban on compatriot and Rio medal hopeful Momota during a news conference.

But when asked in general about the Japanese team’s prospects, she replied through an interpreter: “There’s an opportunity for us to win a gold medal and I believe we can do it.”

Okuhara, 21, said team spirit was high in the camp.

Momota, who had been tipped for a medal in Rio, was expelled from the team for this summer’s Olympics for gambling at an illegal casino.The Nippon Badminton Association threw the book at the 21-year-old world number two, banning him from competition indefinitely. Read More



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