Japanese basketball player Rui Hachimura in a match for the Washington Wizards against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Eastern Conference first round series at the Wells Fargo Centre, in Philadelphia in June. Photo: AFP Japanese basketball player Rui Hachimura in a match for the Washington Wizards against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Eastern Conference first round series at the Wells Fargo Centre, in Philadelphia in June. Photo: AFP
Japanese basketball player Rui Hachimura in a match for the Washington Wizards against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Eastern Conference first round series at the Wells Fargo Centre, in Philadelphia in June. Photo: AFP

Rui Hachimura: family and mixed-race heritage, making NBA history and potential Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games flag-bearer

  • The 23-year-old went from questioning identity as a child, to becoming the NBA’s only Japanese first-round draft pick
  • With all eyes on him in Tokyo, Hachimura’s Wizards team is confident he can embrace and thrive in the spotlight

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Japanese basketball player Rui Hachimura in a match for the Washington Wizards against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Eastern Conference first round series at the Wells Fargo Centre, in Philadelphia in June. Photo: AFP Japanese basketball player Rui Hachimura in a match for the Washington Wizards against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Eastern Conference first round series at the Wells Fargo Centre, in Philadelphia in June. Photo: AFP
Japanese basketball player Rui Hachimura in a match for the Washington Wizards against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Eastern Conference first round series at the Wells Fargo Centre, in Philadelphia in June. Photo: AFP
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