30 August 2018

Japan’s Yoshida: Suzhou feels like an Olympics

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Chinami Yoshida wants to grow the sport of curling in Japan

Chinami Yoshida, who will play third for Japan in the first leg of the Curling World Cup, says the series opener in Suzhou gives her the same buzz as an Olympic Games.

Yoshida was part of the first Japanese rink to win an Olympic medal when Team Fujisawa claimed bronze in PyeongChang earlier this year.

The 27-year-old says: “I’m looking forward to play with the best teams in the world. I’m so pleased and proud to participate as Team Japan and just as excited for the event as I am for an Olympic Games.

“Curling is still a minor sport but is growing in Japan. This World Cup is the best chance for the Japanese to know what curling is because they love watching any World Cup on TV.

“I’m trying to do my best as a curler representing Japan for it to be a major sport just like soccer in the country.”

Chinami will be competing in the women’s competition in Suzhou alongside her sister Yurika, who plays lead on the team, skip Satsuki Fujisawa and second Yumi Suzuki.

With the new rule changes set to add an extra dimension to the ice, Yoshida is excited to see how they make a difference to the sport.

“I think every team will need to adjust with different plans with the new rules.

“I hope the new rules will help curling to be one of the most popular sports in the world in the future,” added Yoshida.

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