“I don’t really know what the selection criteria are, but there are parts that don’t make me very happy.” Shoma Uno about formation of the Japanese team for Worlds
Shoma Uno about formation of the Japanese team for the World Championships in Saitama.
On the evening of December 25th, after the end of Japanese National Championships, the Japanese national team that will compete at at the World Championships (Saitama Super Arena) next March was announced.
- Shoma Uno
- Sota Yamamoto
- Kazuki Tomono
Koshiro Shimada who placed 2d at Nationals was not selected and was named for the Four Continents Championships.
Regarding this selection, Uno said, “I don’t really know what the selection criteria are, but there are parts that don’t make me very happy.” When asked about that, Uno said, “I don’t want to comment on this temporary feeling, so I will refrain.”
According to the regulations and Mr. Takeuchi’s (the general manager of the federation) explanation of the reason for selection, Shimada only met the criteria of “second place at Nationals”. In addition, there are several other factors such as the world rankings of the International Skating Union (ISU) and technical points, and Yamamoto, who is ranked 5th at Nationals, ranked 2nd in the world rankings, and Tomono, who placed 3rd, ranked 3rd, surpassing Shimada.
! Please take into account that interview was translated via machine translation so it may not be completely accurate or conveying all the details and nuances. !
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