TV audiences in Japan surprised to see “Pikachu,” “Raichu” as members of U.S. Olympic team

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

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Siblings look to electrify the badminton competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

Part of what makes the Olympics special is that it’s an opportunity for sports that might not otherwise attract a worldwide audience to shine on a global stage. For example, though Japanese athletes Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda are very good at what they do, their sport, badminton, isn’t one in which the top stars are household names in most countries.

So when Japanese TV viewers tuned in for the pair’s doubles match on Monday morning, one of the first things they probably did was check the

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