Wrestler Yamamoto plans comeback

Kyodo

Former women’s world champion Miyu Yamamoto is coming out of retirement for her third time to try to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, her management firm announced Tuesday.

The 36-year-old wrestler is scheduled to hold a news conference on Wednesday.

Yamamoto won her third world title in 1995, when she quit for the first time. She came back three years later only to walk away again, and returned to the mat to try to make the 2004 Olympic team.

Yamamoto comes from a family of wrestlers. Her father, Ikuei, competed at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, and her younger brother, Norifumi, who goes by the name “Kid,” is one of Japan’s most popular mixed martial artists.