Figure skating star Hanyu speaks after Uno's announcement on retirement

Japanese figure skating star Hanyu Yuzuru paid tribute to compatriot Uno Shoma following Uno's announcement that he will retire from competition.

Hanyu released a statement after two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Uno made the announcement on Thursday.

Hanyu, together with Uno, led the men's figure skating world before retiring from competition. He won back-to-back Olympic golds at Sochi in 2014 and PyeongChang in 2018, and participated in the PyeongChang Games and the 2022 Beijing Games with Uno.

Hanyu said that he competed with Uno since he was in elementary and junior high school and knows how determined Uno was to work hard.

He went on to say that he believes Uno will continue to make efforts even though he will be in a slightly different environment.

Hanyu wished Uno a lot of happiness, adding that he will keep enjoying "Uno Shoma's ideal skating."

He added that he looks forward to having time together with Uno on the rink again as skaters.

He concluded by saying he hopes Uno can enjoy the next phase of his life.