Olympic Champion Chizuru Arai thanks judo but retires

    Comparable to the Olympic Champion of 2016 U70kg, Chizuru Arai also retires at quite a young age. The 27-year old Japanese Tokyo Olympic Champion U70kg announced to retire. Just like Haruka Tachimoto who was 25 when she won the title in Rio.

    Chizuru Arai captured the world title in 2018 in Baku and in 2017 in Budapest as well as the first World mixed team title twice. She had won the World Team title several times and showed her face at the Junior World Championshjps in 2013 for the first time. Later she won in the IJF Tour in Dusseldorf in 2015, 2017 and 2020 and had won her first Grand Slam in Tokyo in 2013. In 2017 she won the Grand Slam in Paris as one of her highlights at that time.

    Still Arai ended her sports career. “After the Games, I felt a deep desire to live my second life. Thanks to judo, I have had a multitude of different experiences, met a lot of great people, which enriched me by allowing me to develop my personality.” Arai has a desire to become a coach like many Olympic and World Championships had done before.

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