• Kyodo


After winning Japan’s first gold medal in karate, Ryo Kiyuna said Saturday the sport’s debut at the Tokyo Games was a big step forward in introducing it to the world and believes one day it will return to the Olympic program.

A day after capturing the men’s kata title, Kiyuna told a news conference he was excited to have competed in karate’s Olympic debut, but he knew the Games were different from any other tournament because of the attention he would receive.

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