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Thursday, 22nd December 2011
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Mao Asada returns to figure skating championships after mother's death

Japan's two-time world champion figure skater Mao Asada is preparing to make what will be an emotional return to competitive skating following the death of her mother two weeks ago.

With the national championships due to begin in Osaka tomorrow (23rd December), Asada has made the decision to enter the tournament which acts as a qualifying round for the world championships in France next year, the Mainichi Daily reported

The 21-year-old had to abandon her first Grand Prix Final for three years to return to her mother's bedside earlier this month, only to arrive after she had already passed away.

Announcing that she would be returning to competition, Asada said: "My mother would rejoice that I'm determined to do what I must do as I aim to achieve my dreams for the future."

Last year the figure skater experienced the worst season of her career as her mother Kyoko battled Liver cirrhosis, but Mao had entered the Grand Prix Final looking for victory on the back of impressive performances, the news provider said.

In other sporting news, the Texas Rangers baseball side have won the bid to offer a contract to acclaimed Japanese pitcher, Yu Darvish.

Written by Mark Smith