Sho Sasaki

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Sho Sasaki
Sho Sasaki US Open Badminton 2011.jpg
Personal information
Country Japan
Born (1982-06-30) 30 June 1982 (age 37)
Hokkaido, Japan
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
CoachKeita Masuda
Men's singles
Highest ranking6 (3 November 2011)
Current rankingRetired
BWF profile

Sho Sasaki (佐々木 翔, Sasaki Shō, born 30 June 1982) is a Japanese badminton player from Tonami Transportation badminton team. He competed at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics.[1] He also competed in four Asian Games from 2002 to 2014.[2]


In 2007 he won the Japanese National Championships in men's singles, and 7 international tournaments: the Bahrain Satellite Badminton Tournament, the Banuinvest International Championships, the Osaka International Challenge, the Israel International, the Mauritius International, the Victorian International and the Italian International.[3] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he reached the quarter-finals of the men's singles, losing to Lin Dan.[4] In 2016, he did not advance to the knock-out stage after placing second in the group stage. He beat Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic, but was defeated by Rajiv Ouseph of Great Britain.[5][6]

In 2017, he announced his retirement from the international badminton event. He ranked as high as No.6 in his career.[7]


In May 2012 he received the People's Honour Award from Hokuto City, and in 2013, received a Sports Award at the Toyama Shinbun Culture, Performing Arts and Sports Awards Ceremony.[2]

Sho Sasaki at 2010 Dutch Open


Asia Championships[edit]

Men's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea China Lin Dan 21–14, 9–21, 15–21 Silver Silver
2009 Suwon Indoor Stadium, Suwon, South Korea China Bao Chunlai 20–22, 10–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2011 Vietnam Open Vietnam Nguyen Tien Minh 13–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 U.S. Open Vietnam Nguyen Tien Minh 21–17, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Australian Open Malaysia Wong Choong Hann 21–11, 12–21. 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Dutch Open India Ajay Jayaram 21–16, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 German Open South Korea Lee Hyun-il 20–22, 5–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Men's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Osaka International Japan Kazushi Yamada 21–14, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Italian International Canada Andrew Dabeka 21–6, 16–21, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Victorian International Japan Yousuke Nakanishi 21–10, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Mauritius International Denmark Niels Christian Kaldau 21–10, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Hatzor International Czech Republic Petr Koukal 21–15, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Osaka International Japan Shoji Sato 19–21, 21–14, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Banuinvest International Indonesia Andre Kurniawan Tedjono 21–8, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Bahrain Satellite Spain Pablo Abián 21–10, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Slovak International Japan Hidetaka Yamada 15–10, 15–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Giraldilla International Wales Richard Vaughan 11–15, 15–6, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Nigeria International Japan Shoji Sato 15–7, 15–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Men's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2001 Ten Days of Dawn Japan Shoji Sato Iran Afshin Bozorgzadeh
Iran Ali Shahhosseini
15–9, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament


  1. ^ "Sho Sasaki". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Sasaki Sho". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  3. ^ "佐々木 翔/ Sho Sasaki" (in Japanese). TMONY Japan Corporation. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Olympics badminton: Lin Dan reaches singles semi-finals". BBC. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  5. ^ "バド五輪代表、ロンドン8強の佐々木と初出場8人" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  6. ^ "【バドミントン】賭博・桃田抹消で出場の佐々木、惜しくも敗退…男子シングルス" (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Sasaki says sayonara". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 20 June 2017.

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