By Adrian Stewart Co
Filipina-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso admitted there were pressures for her to deliver a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after her championship run in the US Women’s Open.
According to the 19-year-old Saso, she does not want to be carried away by the expectations of many that she will be the key for the country to end its long wait for an Olympic gold medal.
“Does not mean that I won (the US Women’s Open), I can win the gold in the Olympics,” Saso said in a virtual presser with Filipino reporters on Tuesday. “I still have to work on it.”
Saso, a gold medal winner in the 2018 Asian Games, is now virtually qualified for the women’s golf event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after jumping to ninth place in the world rankings.
In Olympic golf, qualification of players are being based on their world ranking by June 28. A total of 60 golfers will get a slot to the Summer Games slated from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo, Japan.
In Saso’s case, even if she drops out of the top 15, she is still qualified for the remaining spots as she will be part of the highest-ranked players from countries that do not have two golfers in the qualified list.
“The Olympics is in August but there are still many tournaments before it. When it’s the Olympics, it’s game time but it’s game time every week but I don’t want to rush. I just want to take it week by week,” Saso said.
Saso, who was born and raised in San Ildefonso, Bulacan to a Filipino mom and a Japanese dad, also said that she feels proud with the opportunity to represent the country in the Olympics./ASC, WDJ