Residence Tokyo, JPN
Higher education Physical Education - Nippon Sport Science University: Tokyo, JPN
License number 20081999001
|Alger (ALGERIA), 2018-11-23|
|Tokyo (Chiba) (JAPAN), 2019-06-15|
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 10 in Wakayama, Japan.
Why this sport? She and her sister Rio Azuma were encouraged to take up the sport by their mother Miki, who had competed in fencing at an international level.
Club / Team Nippon Sport Science University: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach Yusuke Aoki [national], JPN
Hobbies Listening to music. (tokyo-sports.co.jp, 20 May 2017)
Most influential person in career Her mother Miki. (sports.smt.docomo.ne.jp, 29 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol Brazilian footballer Neymar. (Instagram profile, 25 Apr 2021; sponichi.co.jp, 30 May 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Fencing is my life." (Instagram profile, 25 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours She received a Sports Promotion Award at the 2017 Wakayama City Sports Awards in Japan. (rokaru.jp, 01 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives Her mother Miki represented Japan in fencing at the world junior championships. Her older sister Rio has also competed in the sport and placed fifth in team foil at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Verona, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 May 2021; hochi.news, 25 Apr 2021; olympicchannel.com, 29 Jan 2019; motherld.com, 07 May 2018)
Ambitions To win an individual medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkansports.com, 25 Apr 2021; fujitv.co.jp, 10 Dec 2018)
Other information FAMILY INSPIRATION
She admits that the rivalry with her older sister Rio has been a motivating factor in her fencing career. "Since I started fencing at the local Wakita Junior Club, my sister has always been one step ahead in terms of mastering new techniques, but I just kept swinging my sword so that I wouldn't lose to her." Her ambition to compete at the Olympic Games is also inspired by the fact that her mother Miki never got the opportunity to compete at the Games. "I decided to go to the Olympics for my mother. I always remember that feeling if I lose sight of my goals when I'm losing." (sports.smt.docomo.ne.jp, 29 Jul 2019; olympicchannel.com, 29 Jan 2019)
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