Naomi Osaka, who is looking forward to taking part in her first Olympic Games after her fourth Grand Slam win at the Australian Open last month, is particularly proud of the work being done on promoting gender equality at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.
As Japanese player Naomi prepares to compete on home soil, she talks about the recent appointment of Seiko Hashimoto at the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, and the importance of having women in leadership positions.
“This is such an important moment for Japanese women, and women around the world; and I hope it’s an inspiration to a young girl with big dreams to know that anything is possible,” she says in an interview posted on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) website.
“One of my main passions away from the court is to support and empower young people around the globe,” she says.
Naomi says she has launched an academy to empower girls.
“With the support of some of my sponsors, I’ve launched the Naomi Osaka Play Academy – an initiative that aims to change girls’ lives through play and sport, starting in Tokyo – because I know how impactful role models were to me when I was a young athlete finding my way,”.