On July 1, the Japan Basketball Association announced the 12 members of the Japan Women’s National Team for Tokyo 2020, and Waseda University alumni Nako Motohashi (affiliated with Haneda Vickies, graduated from the School of Sport Sciences in 2016) was selected.
Although Nako Motohashi suffered a serious injury to the ligaments of her right knee in November last year, she has worked hard in rehabilitation, giving it her all, and made her return in the Mitsui Fudosan Cup 2021 against Portugal in June this year. Following the tournament, she, along with 16 other players, participated in the sixth training camp for Olympic candidates in late June, and was selected as an outstanding representative for the Women’s National Team.
Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1993, and graduated from the Waseda University School of Sport Sciences in 2016. Began playing basketball when she was in elementary school. Was first selected for the Japan National Team in 2018, and also participated in the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Was selected for the Japan National Team in 2019 as well, and contributed to Japan’s fourth consecutive title in the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup, where she participated and was awarded the tournament MVP and named to the All-Star Five.