Hoshina ponders retirement after Games loss


Posted at Aug 06 2012 07:38 PM | Updated as of Aug 08 2012 09:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Japanese judoka Tomohiko Hoshina is pondering retirement after coming up short in the 2012 London Olympics last Saturday.

Hoshina had a brief stint in the London Games, losing to South Korean judoka Kim Sung-min by “ippon” in just over one minute.

According to a statement from Team Philippines in London, the 25-year-old Fil-Japanese is now thinking of quitting the sport to focus on his job as a high school teacher in Japan.

“He told me he wants to retire after the Olympics to become a full-time teacher,” said judo president Dave Carter during a conversation with Team Philippines chief of mission Manny Lopez.

Carter said he has asked Hoshina to reconsider as the association wants him to participate in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar or in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.

Carter said Hoshina was devastated with his loss to Kim, and the normally affable Fil-Japanese refused to talk to anyone for some time on the trip back to the Athletes’ Village.

“But he’s okay now. He has that ready smile for all of us again,” he said.

It was Hoshina’s first time competing in the Olympic Games.