Stone-cold Classic: Judo Star Ono Poised For Second Olympic Gold
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Sat 24th July 2021 | 10:10 AM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jul, 2021 ) :Three-time world judo champion Shohei Ono is hoping to clinch his second Olympic gold as the Japanese martial art returns to its birthplace at the Tokyo Games, but don't expect a smile.
"The Olympics is not a place for enjoyment," he said in a recent interview with public broadcaster NHK.
His confidence is unwavering that he can do it again, competing in the 73kg category.
"results are everything. I will win by a mile," Ono said.
The light-middleweight ace is known for his classical fighting style and formidable execution of basic moves, with a superb inner thigh throw and major outer reap.
And at the Budokan -- the famed octagonal venue where the first Olympic judo tournament was held at the 1964 Tokyo Games -- he is ready to show off his authentic approach to a sport intrinsically linked to Japan.
"I want to fully demonstrate my own style," Ono said at a press conference earlier this month.
"I would like to give a performance on the Budokan's tatami mats that will remind people of good old Japanese judo," he said.
As a Japanese judoka, "it's my role to convey how wonderful" the sport is, he added.
- 'No easy matches' - Ono, born in Yamaguchi in western Japan, has been practising judo since he was seven.
"Athletes from each country will fight desperately... there won't be any easy matches," he said.
"But by rising to the challenge and winning back-to-back tournaments, I want to make history in the judo world." Like other Olympic athletes at the virus-delayed Tokyo 2020 Games -- especially in contact sports like judo -- Ono's training has been hit by the pandemic and he has often had to practise alone to avoid risking infection.
"After the overseas camp, I felt once again like I wanted to fight right away. It's like a fighting instinct," he told NHK.