Mervin Tran asks the Government of Japan

Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran

2012 World bronze medalist in pair skating Canadian Mervin Tran, who competes for Japan with Narumi Takahashi, is going to appeal to the Japan’s government to grant him the citizenship of that country so the pair could perform at the Olympic Games in Sochi, says The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

Mervin Tran is the citizen of Canada and this could become an obstacle on the way to taking part of this pair at the Sochi Olympics. To do it Tran must be a citizen of Japan but the process of naturalization is not easy – in addition to other requirements, a person, who wish to take the Japan’s citizenship, must have lived in Japan for at least five years. Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran live and train in Canada.

“I know that in terms of obtaining the citizenship of Japan I’m in a difficult situation, but I think that we can bring benefit for Japan. Successful performance at the Olympics is the goal of any athlete.” said Tran.

According to the Japan Skating Federation, Tran does not have a time to get Japanese passport before the Sochi Olympic Games if the Government will not make an exception for him.

Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

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