TOKYO, June 15 (Reuters) – Winger Kenki Fukuoka, who helped Japan attain the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals final yr, has mentioned he won’t be obtainable for the rugby sevens match on the Tokyo Olympics as he will likely be finding out for medical faculty.
The 27-year-old had deliberate to play on the 2020 Olympics earlier than beginning his medical profession however with the Video games postponed till subsequent yr he has determined to start his research.
Fukuoka retired from the nationwide group after the World Cup, the place he scored 4 tries for the hosts.
“My best want is to dwell with out remorse,” he mentioned throughout a distant briefing with media on Sunday.
“I can see this resolution because the cleanest strategy to do it.
“I can now take the time I’d spend at coaching camp and put it in the direction of finding out and getting ready for my subsequent profession.”
Fukuoka added that the coronavirus pandemic has solely sharpened his give attention to changing into a physician.
“Well being care will all the time be wanted,” he mentioned.
“I really feel my want to be wanted … has solely grown stronger.”
Fukuoka nonetheless expects to play High League rugby for his membership Panasonic Wild Knights subsequent season. The 2019-2020 season was cancelled due to the pandemic. (Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford)