Four years after taking off the skates, former world champion Daisuke Takahashi plans a return to competition, facing a crowded rink that includes the two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning silver medalist.

The 32-year-old, who won the bronze medal in men's figure skating at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and retired in 2014, announced his comeback in Tokyo on July 1.

“Without the core of figure skating, my life will not be viable," Takahashi told a news conference.

“(In the future), I would like to continue to be a figure skating performer. In order to fulfill my desire, I need to build up my body as an active athlete and resume my skating career.”

Takahashi said his current plan is to return to competitive figure skating for only one year, but added that he may change his mind.

He acknowledged that he would be a long shot to compete against Yuzuru Hanyu, who won the gold medal at the Sochi and Pyeongchang Olympics, and Shoma Uno, the silver medalist at the Pyeongchang Games.

“They are in a different dimension,” Takahashi said.

Takahashi, who resumed practicing in April, said he can now perform a triple axel.

His comeback will begin at the Kinki regional championships in early October. He will seek to qualify for Japan's national championships in December.

Takahashi will be coached by Utako Nagamitsu, who trained him during his years as a competitive skater.