American volleyball star Chiaka Ogbogu revealed that she was absolutely wowed after seeing Naomi Osaka in the Olympic Village during the Tokyo Olympics. Ogbogu, who ended up winning the gold medal with the United States, revealed that she was «visibly staring» at Osaka to the point that the Japanese certainly noticed her.
However, he didn’t want to go near Osaka and disturb the Japanese while having lunch. As a professional athlete, Ogbogu acknowledges that he understands the importance of being respectful of athletes.
Ogbogu on being dazzled by Osaka
«I met a couple, but one, I don’t know if I regret not approaching her, because it seemed like she was in the zone and didn’t really want to be that girl. We’re all there.» for the same reason.
As I prepare for big games, so does she. But Naomi Osaka, I saw her in the dining room, and I couldn’t have lunch. He was visibly looking at her. She probably saw me at some point. It’s so much fun, it’s like a tricky balance of trying to be professional and respectful.
My mom used to say that, ‘Why don’t you say hello? You are all there for the same reason. I’m like, ‘Mom, do you know who this is? He’s a little bit different’ But in a sense, I should also feel like I’ve earned the right to be there.
We are all on the same plane. But some people, however, deserve that respect. I gave it to him,» Ogbogu told Kaz Brown. While Ogbogu enjoyed success with the United States volleyball team, Osaka did not win a medal.
In the individual event at the Tokyo Olympics, Osaka reached the round of 16 before losing to Marketa Vondrousova. Vondrousova, who defeated Osaka, ended up reaching the final of the Tokyo Olympics, in which she was defeated by Belinda Bencic.