Twenty-three-year-old tennis star Naomi Osaka said it was an easy decision for her to choose to represent Japan over America in the upcoming Olympics, noting that she’s received backlash from critics saying her “black card” has been “revoked.”
“I’ve been playing under the Japan flag since I was 14,” the tennis standout said in a new self-titled Netflix docuseries. “It was never even a secret that I’m going to play for Japan for the Olympics.”
“So I don’t choose America and suddenly people are like, ‘Your Black card is revoked,’” disclosed Osaka, who is part Japanese and part Haitian.
“And it’s like, African American isn’t the only Black, you know? I don’t know, I feel like people really don’t know the difference between nationality and race because there’s a lot of black people in Brazil, but they’re Brazilian.”
As noted by Insider, Osaka relinquished her American citizenship back in 2019, before she turned 22:
“The tennis star who was born in Japan but moved