Judo Champion and Double Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoko Tani to run for parliament

Japan’s seven-time world judo champion and double Olympic gold medalist Ryoko Tani said Monday she planned to run for parliament but was still shooting for gold at the 2012 London Games.

The 34-year-old mother of two said she would become a candidate for embattled Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in July’s upper-house election.

“While raising my children, I would like to take on other challenges,” she said. “I will remain active in judo. I will try to win the gold in London.”

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