Olympic Karate Athlete Sakura Kokumai Was Target of Racist Rant While Training at Park: ‘I Was Scared’

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Sakura Kokumai, a 28-year-old Asian American martial artist with Team USA, said a man yelled racist insults at her as she trained at a park in Southern California.

The seven-time USA National Champion was at Grijalva Park in Orange, California, when a man began berating her in front of other guests in the area, where she was training for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. She recorded the incident on her smartphone, which she posted to her Instagram page over the weekend.

“Couldn’t stop thinking about what happened yesterday,” Kokumai wrote in the post. “Still processing… Usually I like to keep my social media positive, but I realized that these issues needs to be addressed so we can protect each other.”

“Yes what happened was horrible,” she continued. “But I don’t know which was worse, a stranger yelling and threatening to hurt me for no reason or people around me who witnessed everything and not doing a thing.”

In the video, the man is seen shouting at Kokumai to “get away” from him and challenges her to “do something.” He then calls her a “loser” and tells her to “go home.”

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