Tom Scott. Photo courtesy of Tom Scott via Instagram.
A Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas alumnus has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and will compete in karate’s debut at the games.
Tom Scott, who graduated from Jesuit in 2008, originally didn’t make the selection process. The World Karate Federation gave him a spot and announced the news July 2.
“I have been called to the front. I am going to the Olympics,” Scott wrote in an Instagram post. “I have long prayed for increased dependence on God in all areas of my life. And while I felt so near to Him following defeat, His plans are great and beyond me. I could never have imagined a story with beginnings like this.”
Iranian athlete Bahman Asgari Ghonchech can’t compete due to a doping issue, and he’s been suspended from all international competitions for 12 months. Scott was the next in line. He will represent the U.S. in the 75-kilogram weight class in the men’s kumite division.
The Jesuit graduate won the gold medal in three 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games. He also won the silver in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
Scott, 31, will join teammates Ariel Torres, Sakura Kokumai and Brian Irr. The karate competition is set to begin Aug. 5 and run through Aug. 7. There will be no spectators in attendance as Japan deals with an uptick in COVID-19 cases.