Saturday, May 31, 2008

Morigami asked to throw match

Akiko Morigami of Japan says that a national team coach asked her to throw a match in order to help Aiko Nakamura qualify for Japan's Olympic team.

"That a coach would say that to me before a match was a shock," Morigama commented.

6 comments:

tennischick said...

I'm shocked by her courage to come forward about this. Wowzers. I hope she remains OK.

Diane said...

I hope she names the name.

David said...

I think she will have to name names now.
I wonder if she was asked to throw a match against Nakamura, or just because it would help Nakamura, because I remember them playing recently (I think) but I don't remember the score.
I'm not sure on that one.

tennischick said...

Tennis Japan to investigate...

http://uk.reuters.com/article/UK_TENNIS/idUKSP31023620080602

Diane said...

David, she was asked to throw a match with Nakamura (but without Nakamura's knowledge), she says. The reasoning was that if the Nakamura didn't have to play a long doubles match, she would be more rested for her upcoming singles match.

And yes, under the new (it's about time) rules, she is required to make a report, and I assume that means name a name.

David said...

ohhhh so it was a doubles match?
That's crazy, I hope whoever told her to do that gets caught. I'm glad she came out with it.