Japan’s next best ready to succeed ‘King Kohei’
Doha: Two of the strongest Asian teams at the world stage – China and Japan – are keen on giving exposure to some of their best talents before the 2020 Tokyo Games.
While the legendary Kohei Uchimura, 29, would be hoping to defend the Olympic all-around title at home, Japan, like China, would also want to prepare a next batch of gymnasts who could fill the void once ‘King Kohei’ bids adieu to the sport.
Yuya Kamoto, who will be seen in action at the 11th FIG Artistic Individual World Cup here, is seen as one of several bright prospects.
The 23-year-old won individual all-around, parallel bars and team event gold medals at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Kamoto also added a bronze (floor) to his kitty to establish himself as one of the future stars.
Japan, who wants to build a strong team before they host the Olympics after two years, will also field proven performaers Ryohei Kato and Takumi Sato at the Doha event from March 21-24.