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Rui Hachimura is eyeing a spot on Team Japan's roster for the 2020 Olympics

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In exactly one year, all eyes will be on Tokyo as the Summer Olympics officially begin.

All Wizards fans' eyes will be on Rui Hachimura. He is likely to represent his home country during the 2020 Olympics, stating that he wants to be the face of Japanese athletes

It is expected that Hachimura will be named to the Olympic roster, although there is no official word on the expected lineup.

If selected, the rookie will have the home-court advantage as Team Japan automatically qualifies for the games.

Playing for Team Japan would be a dream come true for Hachimura.

"It has been always my goal to play the Olympics and it is next year, it's crazy," he told NBC Sports Washington. "I remember I always see the calendar and it says three years, four years, five years and now it is the next year."

This is a big deal not only for the rookie but also for his home country.

"Next year in Tokyo, it's a big thing we have been waiting for. Since, you know, when people started to talk about it when I started playing basketball." 

Assuming the USA Men's National Team will qualify for the Olympics, Hachimura may compete against one of his teammates. Bradley Beal was named to the 2018-2020 Men's National Team 35-man roster.

The USA Men's National Team boasts an Olympic record of 138-5 and has medaled in all 18 Olympic appearances. This will be the first Olympic appearance for Team Japan since the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Canada. 

 

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