09. 10. 2018

JPN W: Saori Sakoda likes her new role at the World Champs

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Among many people there, we noticed a familiar face - Saori Sakoda.


The 32-year old retired volleyball player, a two-time Olympian, is there commentating on the action for host broadcaster TBS.

"When I was a player, I never expected that I would become a commentator," Sakoda stated. "To be one is kind of a surprise for me. This is a great experience to see the match from another perspective."

The 30-year-old retired from the national team after the 2016 Rio Olympics and from her club team (Toray Arrows) following the 2016-17 campaign.

"Before the Rio Olympics started I was thinking that this might be the time for me to end my playing career," Sakoda recalled. "I wasn't tired, but I felt like it was a turning point. Since retiring I have not felt the urge to get back on the court."



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