Despite a rise in new COVID-19 cases across Japan, neither Nippon Professional Baseball nor the J. League are considering going back to playing behind closed doors.
Kaz Nagatsuka is a staff writer covering Japanese sports, including Japanese professional baseball, basketball, American football and individual sports. He has covered big sporting events such as the World Baseball Classic, the NFL Super Bowl and soccer's World Cup.
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The 29-year-old's triumph at Augusta National, achieved with clubs produced by Japanese manufacturers, could raise sales and bring younger participants to ranges and courses.
Regardless of what has gone on outside the pool, Daiya Seto has remained one of swimming's top stars and an athlete capable of representing Japan at the highest level.
The return of the nation's swimming queen has been one of the biggest feel-good stories in Japanese sports this year.
Japan's pro men's circuit said it would continue promoting teams to the B1 in order to reduce the continued financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
While the squad features a number of fresh faces, there are also veterans who have already achieved global success, such as Daiya Seto, Kosuke Hagino and Ryosuke Irie.
Kosuke Hagino will be making his third trip to the Olympics this summer, but he’ll be a different swimmer in Tokyo than he was in either London or Rio de Janeiro.
Sato touched the wall on Wednesday in 2 minutes, 6.40 seconds, a national record that is second only to the world record of 2 minutes, 6.12 seconds.
The 24-year-old matched Sun Yang's winning 200-meter freestyle time at Rio 2016 during Monday's national championships and promised to lower his time even further before the Tokyo Games.
The 20-year-old swimming star, who is recovering from leukemia, punched her ticket to the games by winning the 100-meter butterfly final at the national championships on Sunday.