Naomi Osaka admonishes girls to be “different”


Japanese Naomi Osaka, a self-confessed introvert who has withdrawn from the French Open and Wimbledon for psychological reasons, has encouraged girls around the world to accept what sets them apart.

Osaka, 23, one of Japan’s best prospects for a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, took her place in the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) “Stronger Together” campaign to say the definition of an Olympian is broader, than sometimes assumed.

“People may think I’m quiet. Different. That I don’t fit in the box of an Olympian, ”Osaka said at the beginning of the video published on Thursday (July 8th). “But I’m proof that the definition is bigger than people think.”

The minute-long vignette begins with an overhead shot of Osaka about to hit a tennis court before dancing to recordings of her dancing in the central Tokyo district of Shibuya and laughing with her sister in front of a mirror.

The video, which also shows Osaka signing a TV lens after a win and tournament for Japan, shows girls of all ages playing softball, rugby, tennis, soccer and fencing, as well as breakdancing.

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“I want to inspire the girls out there who are watching. The ones some think are too different. Too quiet. To something, ”said Osaka, who revealed her fear of media interviews after intense gaming.

“And if we don’t live up to that expectation of what people think we should be, that’s good. It just means that we are the ones who can change it. “

Osaka’s video is the third of five athlete narratives in the IOC’s digital campaign ahead of the Tokyo Games from July 23rd to August 8th. It follows those of retired world record sprinter Usain Bolt and skateboard star Tony Hawk.