U.S. Women’s Open champion Saso opts for Japanese citizenship

Yuka Saso has chosen Japanese citizenship despite representing the Philippines at the Olympic Games this year and in past events, she said on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old, who won the U.S. Womenโ€™s Open in San Francisco in June as a teenager, currently has dual citizenship as her father is from Japan and her mother is a Filipino. As per Japanese law, anyone holding dual citizenship must choose which country they will represent before turning 22.

โ€œItโ€™s true Iโ€™ve selected Japanese citizenship,โ€ Saso, who grew up in both countries, told reporters before the Toto Japan Classic.

โ€œIโ€™ve been thinking Iโ€™d choose Japanese citizenship. Whichever I choose, Iโ€™m both Japanese and Filipino.โ€

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