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Alumni Yoshikazu Fujita and School of Sport Sciences Second-Year Haruka Hirotsu Informally Selected to Represent Japan in Rugby at Tokyo 2020!

On June 19, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced the teams for the men’s and women’s rugby sevens event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and Alumni Yoshikazu Fujita (affiliated with the Panasonic Wild Knights, graduated from the School of Social Sciences in 2016) and School of Sport Sciences Second-Year Haruka Hirotsu (affiliated with Nanairo Prism Fukuoka) were chosen for the respective teams.

Fujita was chosen as a back-up member for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but sadly was unable to take part. He was later chosen for the Olympic squad from the first selection in July 2019 to the fourth selection in June 2020, and was chosen to take part in his first Olympics at the Tokyo Games.

Fujita, who has been informally selected to represent Japan = 2019 Rugby TL Cup 3rd place playoff match (Kyodo News)

 

Hirotsu was chosen during the third selection for the Olympic squad, who will go on to represent Japan at the Olympics, in May of this year, and participated in the training camp that took place that same month. 12 of the 21 members who were announced for the national team will be participating in their first Olympics.

Haruka Hirotsu(Nanairo Prism Fukuoka)

 

Profiles

Yoshikazu Fujita:

Born in Kyoto in 1993, he graduated from the Waseda University School of Sport Sciences in 2016. During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, although he took part in the Representative candidates announcement press conference, he was later dropped from the selection. He was chosen during each selection for the Olympic squad from the first selection in July 2019 to the fourth in June 2021.

Haruka Hirotsu:

Born in Hyogo in 2000, she entered the Waseda University School of Sport Sciences in 2019. Her father is Eiji Hirotsu, a former representative of Japan for men’s rugby who supported the golden age of industrial teams (as a member of Kobe Steel Rugby Club). In 2019, she was chosen during the first selection for the Olympic training squad for the Japan team. Even after the postponement of the Games, she was chosen for the Olympic squad again during the second selection in 2020 and the third in 2021, and participated in the training camp.

 

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