Japan expects 10-12 Olympic golds

Kyodo

Japan expects to win 10 to 12 gold medals at this summer’s London Olympics, based on the latest analysis, a senior official of the Japanese Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

“Our country currently has the ability to win about 10 to 12 gold medals,” Haruki Uemura said after holding hearings in the last two days involving the governing bodies of sports with medal potential.

The JOC believes the country needs 15 gold medals in London to achieve its goal of finishing fifth in the gold tally.

“The situation is tough right now, but I’m sure things will get better in the remaining six months,” said Uemura, the 1976 Montreal Olympic judo open-weight gold medalist.

“I want Japanese athletes to make no mistake in winning medals in not only judo, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming but also athletics, sailing, shooting, women’s soccer,” he added.