Fukuhara drops out of Waseda, shifts focus to London Olympics

Kyodo News

Table tennis player Ai Fukuhara has decided to drop out of Waseda University to focus her attention on international competitions as she eyes the 2012 London Olympics, a source close to her said Friday.

The 21-year-old is having a tough time managing her academic schedule while competing, and therefore she feels that taking part in international competitions overseas, including China’s Super League, takes precedent, the source said.

In April 2007, Fukuhara enrolled in Waseda University’s sports science department, which is famous for its program of developing some of the country’s top athletes.

Fukuhara was a member of Waseda’s table tennis club until the fall of 2008, but suspended her activities last year to concentrate on international competitions.

She is scheduled to compete at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow on May 23-30 before joining the Guangdong team in China’s Super League in June.