On June 18, the Japan Football Association (JFA) announced the 18 registered members of the national women’s football team (Nadeshiko Japan) who will take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and Jun Endo (affiliated with TOKYO VERDY, Inc.), a third-year student at the Waseda University School of Sport Sciences, was among those selected.
Endo overcame a reoccurring illness that she had been facing since last September and joined the candidate athletes training camp in May of this year. Later, she took to the field and played well during the matches between the Ukrainian and Mexican national teams, and was chosen for the Olympic stage at the beginning of this month.
Born in Fukushima in 2000, she entered the Waseda University School of Sport Sciences in 2019. She began playing football having been influenced by her father, the manager of a football team, and her brothers who played in competitions. After graduating elementary school, she joined the JFA Fukushima Academy. She joined Nadeshiko Japan for the first time in November 2018, and contributed to Japan’s first victory at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in the same year. She was the youngest member of the team for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France in 2019.