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Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Japanese nurse Arisa Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer.

That dream was shattered after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) cancelled the boxing qualifier due to take place in June and said it would allocate spots to athletes based on their world rankings in recent years. 
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April 15, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, trains with her trainer Tomoko Okada at Tajima boxing gym in... 
Sayama, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, trains with her trainer Tomoko Okada at Tajima boxing gym in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 15, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. 'Why did I aim for the Olympics when the coronavirus happened?' I asked myself," Tsubata said, also wondering "who knew the coronavirus pandemic would come at this time?" REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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April 18, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, practices with her work colleague Yuki Yamashita, a Karate practitioner... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, practices with her work colleague Yuki Yamashita, a Karate practitioner and the head doctor at the psychiatric clinic 'the Life Support Clinic', where they work, during a morning training session at the gym inside the clinic in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "I can't say I am aiming for the next Olympics in Paris, but what I can do is try to keep working hard step by step, at any competitions ahead, small or big," Tsubata said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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April 19, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, collects blood from an outpatient at the psychiatric clinic 'the... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, collects blood from an outpatient at the psychiatric clinic 'the Life Support Clinic', where she works, in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 18, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, looks at the National Stadium, the main stadium of the Tokyo... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, looks at the National Stadium, the main stadium of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, after an interview with Reuters at an observation deck in Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "It's very disappointing," said Tsubata. "I had been working so hard for a year after the postponement of the Olympics and it's so frustrating that I don't even have the right to compete." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 19, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, stretches during a morning training session at the gym inside... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, stretches during a morning training session at the gym inside the psychiactric clinic where she works in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "I can't say I am aiming for the next Olympics in Paris, but what I can do is try to keep working hard step by step, at any competitions ahead, small or big," Tsubata said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 22, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, wraps her hands before her a training session at Tajima boxing... 
Sayama, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, wraps her hands before her a training session at Tajima boxing gym in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 22, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "I can't say I am aiming for the next Olympics in Paris, but what I can do is try to keep working hard step by step, at any competitions ahead, small or big," Tsubata said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 24, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, and her friend Naomi Mizumura, 36, who is also a nurse, visit... 
Tokorozawa, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, and her friend Naomi Mizumura, 36, who is also a nurse, visit a park together in the evening in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 24, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 24, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, exercises at the park with her friend Naomi Mizumura, 36, who... 
Tokorozawa, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, exercises at the park with her friend Naomi Mizumura, 36, who is also a nurse, in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 24, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 22, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, is massaged by a chiropractor after a training session in Sayama,... 
Sayama, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, is massaged by a chiropractor after a training session in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 22, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "I can't say I am aiming for the next Olympics in Paris, but what I can do is try to keep working hard step by step, at any competitions ahead, small or big," Tsubata said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 19, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, shops for her breakfast at a convenience store on her way to... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, shops for her breakfast at a convenience store on her way to the hospital where she works, in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "It's very disappointing," said Tsubata. "I had been working so hard for a year after the postponement of the Olympics and it's so frustrating that I don't even have the right to compete." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 19, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, eats a breakfast of a banana and a protein drink before starting... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, eats a breakfast of a banana and a protein drink before starting her nursing shift at the psychiatric clinic 'the Life Support Clinic' where she works in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "Why did I aim for the Olympics when the coronavirus happened?' I asked myself," Tsubata said, also wondering "who knew the coronavirus pandemic would come at this time?" REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 27, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, checks the stock of medicine with her colleague Ryohei Arakawa,... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, checks the stock of medicine with her colleague Ryohei Arakawa, who is also a nurse, at the psychiatric clinic 'the Life Support Clinic', where they work, in Tokyo, Japan, April 27, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 19, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, carries a protein drink and juice for her breakfast as she heads... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, carries a protein drink and juice for her breakfast as she heads to the hospital where she works, in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "Why did I aim for the Olympics when the coronavirus happened?' I asked myself," Tsubata said, also wondering "who knew the coronavirus pandemic would come at this time?" REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 19, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, collects gloves for her outpatients during an exercise therapy... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, collects gloves for her outpatients during an exercise therapy session, before her morning routine training at the gym inside the psychiatric clinic 'the Life Support Clinic' where she works, in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 18, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, reads a book as she travels to her boxing gym on the subway in... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, reads a book as she travels to her boxing gym on the subway in Tokyo, Japan, April 18, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "Why did I aim for the Olympics when the coronavirus happened?' I asked myself," Tsubata said, also wondering "who knew the coronavirus pandemic would come at this time?" REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 24, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, and her friend Naomi Mizumura, 36, who is also a nurse, eat dinner... 
Tokorozawa, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, and her friend Naomi Mizumura, 36, who is also a nurse, eat dinner together at Mizumura's home in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 24, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 22, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, turns on her car's engine on as she leaves Tajima boxing gym... 
Sayama, Japan 
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Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, turns on her car's engine on as she leaves Tajima boxing gym after training at night in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 22, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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April 22, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, talks to her trainers Masataka Kuroki and Tomoko Okada during... 
Sayama, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, talks to her trainers Masataka Kuroki and Tomoko Okada during a break from a training session at Tajima boxing gym in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 22, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "Why did I aim for the Olympics when the coronavirus happened?' I asked myself," Tsubata said, also wondering "who knew the coronavirus pandemic would come at this time?" REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 22, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, practices with her trainer Masataka Kuroki at Tajima boxing gym... 
Sayama, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, practices with her trainer Masataka Kuroki at Tajima boxing gym in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 22, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "It's very disappointing," said Tsubata. "I had been working so hard for a year after the postponement of the Olympics and it's so frustrating that I don't even have the right to compete." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 15, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, trains with Tomoko Okada, her trainer, at Tajima boxing gym in... 
Sayama, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, trains with Tomoko Okada, her trainer, at Tajima boxing gym in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 15, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. 'Why did I aim for the Olympics when the coronavirus happened?' I asked myself," Tsubata said, also wondering "who knew the coronavirus pandemic would come at this time?" REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 19, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, trains next to a poster advising measures against the coronavirus... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, trains next to a poster advising measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a gym inside the psychiatric clinic 'the Life Support Clinic', where she works, in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "I can't say I am aiming for the next Olympics in Paris, but what I can do is try to keep working hard step by step, at any competitions ahead, small or big," Tsubata said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 15, 2021 
A window from Tajima boxing gym is lit up at night as Arisa Tsubata, a nurse and a boxer, takes part... 
Sayama, Japan 
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A window from Tajima boxing gym is lit up at night as Arisa Tsubata, a nurse and a boxer, takes part in a training session, in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 15, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "I can't say I am aiming for the next Olympics in Paris, but what I can do is try to keep working hard step by step, at any competitions ahead, small or big," Tsubata said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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April 15, 2021 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, trains with Tomoko Okada, her trainer at Tajima boxing gym in... 
Sayama, Japan 
The Wider Image: Japanese boxing nurse has Olympic dream crushed by COVID 
Arisa Tsubata, 27, a nurse and a boxer, trains with Tomoko Okada, her trainer at Tajima boxing gym in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, April 15, 2021. Tsubata has trained around her work shifts for over a year to prepare for a final Olympic boxing qualifier in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games this summer. That dream was shattered earlier this year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to cancel the boxing qualifiers due to take place in June and to allocate spots based on the rankings of recent years instead. "It's very disappointing," said Tsubata. "I had been working so hard for a year after the postponement of the Olympics and it's so frustrating that I don't even have the right to compete." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "NURSE BOXER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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