Japan is going to London after winning the Olympic Qualifier on home field
Japan is going to London after winning the Olympic Qualifier on home field
(Photo: Stanislas Brochier)

Japan became the lastest team to name it's 16-member team for the London Olympic Games. Highlighting the selection is the inclusion of veterans Akemi Kato, Rika Komazawa, Sachimi Iwao and Kaori Fujio, who will be appearing in their third Olympics.

Akemi Kato is the oldest player officially named to the women's hockey tournament so far. The 41 year-old is expected to be among a handful of team sports athletes in London over the age of 40.

Japan is a top-team team in the FIH World Ranking, and is the highest-ranked team that had to go through the qualification tournament process. Ultimately, Japan earned its place in London after defeating Azerbaijan in the final of its qualifier in Kakamigahara.

 

No Pos. Name Age
1 GK Sachiyo Asano 24
2 D Ai Murakami 27
3 D Nagisa Hayashi 25
4 D Keiko Manabe 25
5 D Akemi Kato 41
6 D Chie Akutsu 27
7 MF Yukari Yamamoto 30
8 MF Rika Komazawa 29
9 MF Miyuki Nakagawa 25
10 MF Sachimi Iwao 36
11 MF Masako Sato 24
12 MF Izuki Tanaka 19
13 FW Akane Shibata 23
14 FW Aki Mitsuhashi 22
15 FW Kaori Fujio 31
16 FW Shiho Otsuka 22