Japanese national team “Sakura Japan” was in 10th place in the Rio 2016 Olympics. It welcomed Anthony Farley HC in 2017, and made a renewed start on the road to Tokyo 2020.The team won the ticket road the 2018 World Cup by achieving 6th place in the 2017 WLSF in South Africa.Although Sakura Japan beat New Zealand, which had a higher world ranking, it could not ake it to the dinal tournament, ending up in 13th place.
The team had been training to beat higher-ranking teams such as England in the 2017 WLSF and New Zealand in the 2018 World Cup, but still demonstrates vulnerability, such as in the 3-6 defeat be Belgium in the same World Cup. In the Four Nations Match, Sakura Japan will face the world’s higher-ranked star teams.Fingers are therefore crossed for the team to make one big step forward toward Tokyo 2020.
World Ranking: 14th place (as of August 2018)
8th place in Athen Olympic (2004)
6th place in World Cup (2006)
8th place in Champions Trophy (2014)
Two gold medals in Asian Cup (2007, 2013)
Three silver medals in Asian Games (1986, 1994, 2006)
Gold medal in Asian Games (2018)