• Kyodo


Three-time Olympic women’s freestyle champion Saori Yoshida suggested Tuesday that she may not take part at the wrestling world championships in Paris next August.

“I have given it no thought at all,” said Yoshida, who has won the world title at 53 kg (formerly 55 kg) 13 times in succession since making her debut at the 2002 worlds in Greece.

Yoshida fell short of a four-peat at the Rio Olympics this past summer as she settled for the silver medal. She has since spoken of her intention to double as a coach for the Japan women’s wrestling team in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The 34-year-old has said she wants to take part in the Tokyo Olympics but does not have a match schedule planned at present.

On Tuesday, Yoshida was appointed as vice president of her alma mater Shigakkan University, formerly known as Chukyo Women’s University.

Speaking at a news conference at the university, Yoshida said, “I would like to try my hand at various things and try to be a role model for the students.”


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