It may be hard to believe today, but women weren’t even allowed to compete in the Olympic Games until 1900, four years after the first events took place. And even then only 22 out of 997 competitors were women. Flash forward to 2021 and this summer, for the first time ever, half of the postponed Tokyo 2020 athletes will be...
Sakura Kokumai will be representing the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics, where karate makes its debut. Kokumai, who grew up in Hawaii, was encouraged by her parents to celebrate her Japanese culture through karate and the playing of a musical instrument called a koto.