Waseda University alumni Kiyomi Watanabe (affiliated with ADVICS CO., LTD., graduated from the School of Sports Sciences in 2019) has been informally selected to represent the Philippines in women’s judo -63 kg.
Watanabe has competed in International Judo Federation (IJF) judo tournaments (the Antalya Grand Prix in April 2019, and the Zagreb Grand Prix in July 2019), as well as in the 18th Asian Games in 2018 with great success. On June 22, 2021, the IJF announced their informal selections for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and made the decision that Watanabe will be competing at her first Olympics.
Born on Cebu Island in the Philippines in 1996, she graduated from Waseda University’s School of Sports Sciences in 2019. Her father is Japanese and her mother is Filipino, and she moved to live in Fujiyoshida City in Yamanashi Prefecture, where her father grew up, when she was 10 years old. In 2018, she won a silver medal in the 18th Asian Games, in which she competed while still a student at Waseda University. She is ranked 41st in the world (as of June 24, 2021, according to the IJF website).