Kinuko Idogawa, One of "Oriental Witches" in 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Dies

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Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)--Kinuko Idogawa, one of the members of the Japanese women's volleyball team in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, who were nicknamed the Oriental Witches, died of brain hemorrhage on Friday. She was 81.

Idogawa, whose birth name was Tanida, was a key member of the Japanese team, which won a gold medal in the Tokyo Games.

A native of the city of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, Idogawa started playing volleyball when she was a junior high school second-grader. After graduating from Shitennoji Senior High School in the prefecture, she entered Nichibo Kaizuka, predecessor of major Japanese textile and chemical maker Unitika Ltd. <3103>, in 1958.

Being an ace attacker of Japan's national volleyball team for women, Idogawa greatly helped the squad win the 1962 world championships for the sport and the 1964 Tokyo Olympic gold medal.

After retiring from competition, Idogawa engaged in activities to promote volleyball among housewives. She was slated to participate in the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed to next year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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