The 2020 Summer Olympics will commence in Tokyo on July 23, 2021, and several G-Shock and Baby-G ambassadors will be making their Olympic debuts.
Professional basketball player Rui Hachimura attended Gonzaga University and currently plays for the Washington Wizards in the NBA. Hachimura is a Japanese citizen and will be joining fellow NBA player Yuta Watanabe on the Japan national team.
G-Shock released the GST-B100RH-1A signature model with Hachimura in 2020.
Basketball begins on July 24, and Japan’s first game will be against Spain on July 26 at 21:00. Basketball Schedule at Olympics.com
The sport of surfing is making its Olympics debut in Japan. American surfer Kanoa Igarashi qualified for his spot by finishing in sixth place in the World Surf League 2019 Men’s Championship Tour. Though he was born and raised in California, Igarashi will be representing Japan, which is the home country of his parents. The location of the event, Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach in Chiba, has a special significance to him, as his father used to surf there. It is very likely that Igarashi will be wearing a G-Shock watch when he competes at the Olympics.
G-Shock released the GLX-5600KI-7 signature model with Igarashi in 2019.
Surfing begins on July 26 from 7:00-16:20. Surfing Schedule at Olympics.com
Baby-G ambassador Aori Nishimura is a serious gold medal threat and will be representing Japan in skateboarding, another all-new Olympic sport. She has won three gold medals at the X Games and recently won gold at the Street World Championships 2021 in Rome. Nishimura is one of the new playable skaters featured in the 2020 video game “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.”
Women’s Street Skateboarding begins on July 26 from 9:00-13:55, and Women’s Park Skateboarding begins on August 4 from 9:00-13:40. Skateboarding Schedule at Olympics.com
An honorable mention goes to Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori, who is not officially sponsored by G-Shock, but he often wears G-Shock watches. He wore a GA-2100 (what appears to be the custom “CasiOak Grey Rainbow” from IFL Watches) while competing in the 2021 French Open, where he made it to the fourth round. He was also spotted wearing a skeleton green DW-5600SB-3 while competing recently. Nishikori won the bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics in and is expected to compete in Tokyo.
Congratulations and good luck to all Team G-Shock and Baby-G athletes!