Tokyo Olympics: flag bearer Watanabe opens against Spanish judo bet on July 27

Tokyo Olympics: flag bearer Watanabe opens against Spanish judo bet on July 27

Tokyo Olympics: flag bearer Watanabe opens against Spanish judo bet on July 27

FILE – Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines and Nik Azman Nik of Malaysia compete during the Women’s -63kg Judo of the 30th SEA Games on December 5, 2019. RESEARCH PHOTO / Sherwin Vardeleon

TOKYO – Filipino judo star Kiyomi Watanabe makes her Tokyo Olympics debut on Tuesday when she faces Spain’s Cristina Cabana Perez at the Nippon Budokan here.

Watanabe needs three victories to secure a medal in the women’s -63 kilogram division.

“I will do everything possible so that people enjoy the game in front of their television since [the] The Olympics this time will be without spectators, ”Watanabe said in Japanese in an interview with Inquirer’s SportsIQ. “Please continue to support me.”

The 28-year-old Pérez was ranked ninth at this year’s world championships in Budapest, Hungary, the same event in which Watanabe finished 19th.

Watanabe, who hopes to win a medal here and win gold at the 2022 Asian Games, will be one of the country’s flaggers at the opening ceremony on Friday afternoon.

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