Prominent gymnast Kohei Uchimura Announces Retirement

Olympic champion Uchimura, a famous gymnast from Japan, has announced his retirement from the sport of gymnastics. “I am proud to represent Japan for more than half a century,” said Kohei Uchimura, a renowned gymnast. Olympic champion gymnasts announced his retirement a few days ago. Uchimura told in a news conference on Friday that he had no particular feelings about retiring from the competition, nor did he really realize it. Uchimura said he started gymnastics at the age of 3 and his career spanned 30 years, in which he represented the national team for 16 years. “I will now be able to present my views on various issues with confidence,” he said. “It was a very difficult decision,” he said, referring to the timing of the decision to retire from the game. During training after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and before the World Championships in October, he felt he had come to a standstill. Uchimura said that during the championships he was thinking that this might be his last event. Participating in competitions, he was thinking of standing on his own feet instead of just qualifying for the finals and jumping. Uchimura finished sixth in the competition. Uchimura, 33, from Nagasaki Prefecture, won gold medals in the individual all-around category in the 2012 London Olympics and in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.