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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