Yuka Saso’s chief backer will still remain on her side even when she will no longer represent the Philippines.
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) announced that the global port management company understands Saso’s decision to represent Japan after she turns 22 years of age. A Japanese passport would help ease her travels during the Ladies Professional Golf Association season.
“Yuka Saso was born and raised in the Philippines and will always be a Filipino,” the company, which is chaired by Enrique Razon, said in a statement.
“But being a global golf star, it is more convenient to be a Japanese citizen, and unfortunately Japan law does not allow dual citizenship.”
Saso is in the process of acquiring her Japanese citizenship. She will then begin to represent Japan when she turns 22 on June 20, 2023.
ICTSI has been the staunch supporter of Saso with Razon even watching her games abroad. And the company will continue to do so even when Saso foregoes her Philippine citizenship.
“ICTSI respects Yuka’s choice of citizenship,” the statement continued.
“Our support for her goes beyond her citizenship preference because of her outstanding talent and achievements.”
Saso is currently no. 6 in the Rolex Rankings.
She won the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, then placed ninth in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
“Yuka has truly evolved to become a global icon, and we are proud to be a part of her journey,” said ICTSI.
“Her unparalleled dedication and determination are in line with ICTSI’s commitment to excel and break barriers.”