she is showing (the sport of) badminton a glimpse of what it should be: an individual sport where the athletes are able to determine their own future. she has earned her position by being a perpetual threat in every tournament and found a sponsor that believes in her. now i want her to win gold as a slap in the face to bwf's dictatorial rules. this also shows the nba is of high character. i believe they understand that okuhara's potential success is also good for national pride, without having to 'own' the athlete. regarding how pjb is feeling about it: i doubt he's taking it personally. the japanese system is not china/malaysia/indonesia/korea wherein the federation owns the athletes. corporations do and they share them with the nba, so success is a common goal. an egotistical administrator/politician/head coach has no power in this setup. too desperate? hardly. this is obviously her last and best chance. she is absolutely doing the right thing. okuhara winning gold would mean so much more for the future of badminton and its athletes.