• Japan skate heroine hits back at Tokyo 2020 chief


    TOKYO: Japanese figure-skating heroine Mao Asada on Tuesday hit back at sneering by the boss of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic committee over her disastrous performance on the ice in Sochi. The 23-year-old returned to Tokyo from the Winter Games empty handed, despite having gone into the singles competition as a frontrunner. Her short program was a flop from the get-go, as Asada, one of Japan’s most popular sporting figures, crashed to the ice on her initial jump and completely missed a compulsory part of the dance. That drew accusations of her being an habitual choker from former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who now heads the body charged with organizing the 2020 summer Games.


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