2020HEROES

Head for the world stage! NTT Athletes

Congratulations to our athletes selected for Tokyo 2020!

Ryuta ARAKAWA

Event
Rowing, men's single sculls
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
I have a bowl of ramen.
Message for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Thank you for always showing your support. Thanks to your support and cheering, I received an invitation to take part in the event.
I will do my best to deliver the best news possible with my performance. I appreciate your continued support.

Hideki UDA

Event
Triathlon, men's PTS4
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
I have miso soup.
Message for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
This is my first Paralympic Games, so I am just happy to be able to participate as an athlete.
Ever since I started competing, I have been blessed with many great encounters, which is what has helped me come this far. I am grateful for these encounters and my present environment, and I want to do my best in the race.
I will work hard to give back through my performance as much as I can!

Tasuku KAWAHARA

Event
Rugby​
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
I polish the spikes.​
Message for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Thank you always for your support.
I am in a different position from the athletes, but as the NTO of the Tokyo 2020 Games, I want to do my job properly to help the athletes demonstrate their best performance. I also want to cherish and enjoy every moment.
* NTO : National Technical Official

Sarina SATOMI

Event
Badminton
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
Up until now, I have gone overseas many times, so I made sure to eat sushi, which is my favorite food, the day before departure. That was my good luck ritual.
This time, the event is taking place in Japan, but I don't think I will be able to go home before the event. I want to eat sushi while I can!
Message for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
I have been training hard, envisioning the actual competition, in order to give something back to the people who have supported me.
I will do my best to show you my greatest performance that will touch your hearts.
At the event, I will be the first queen to win gold medals in both singles and doubles, smiling to the end, which has always been my goal!
I would appreciate your kind support!

Akihito TANAKA

Event
Football 5-a-side
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
I listen to a specific playlist while we are going to the venue.
Message for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
This will be the first time that Japan competes in football 5-a-side at the Paralympic Games. Now that we're in, we will compete to win.
I would like the audience to focus on Japan's organized attack and defense, and I would appreciate your support.

Kenji NENER

Event
Triathlon, men's individual/mixed relay
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
・press my cheeks against the pontoon (starting board).
・I have pizza and pasta for dinner the evening before the race.
Message for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
I am so glad I can participate in the Tokyo 2020 Games. This is my childhood dream come true.
I will continue to train thoroughly and get ready because my opponents will be the top athletes from around the world. I will put myself 100% into the Games and do my best.
Last but not least, thank you to my family, JTU, my friends, and my fans for all your support so far, and please continue to support me going forward!

Kazushi HANO

Event
Rugby
Message for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
First, I am very happy to be able to participate in the Olympic Games for the second time.
I am sure all athletes would agree that with the Olympic Games being postponed for a year, it was not easy to keep up one's drive, but I am forever grateful to have been given the opportunity to train safely thanks to the support of countless people.
For those whose paths have crossed ours, and for the Sevens family, I will do my best to win a medal, which I was unable to do in the last competition.

Brackin HENRY

Event
Rugby
Message for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
I will strive to do my best so that Japan, NTT Communications, my friends, and my family can be proud of me.

Tadashi HORIKOSHI

Event
Men's marathon (poor visual acuity, class T12)
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
I do not have any special ritual, but I routinely put on my left shoe first. I also go through regular stretching and exercise before I get started.
I will approach the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games just as I would any other race in order to avoid being overwhelmed by the atmosphere and tension.
Message for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Thank you for your continued support.
This is my fourth Paralympic Games. I would appreciate your support as I will do the best I can to win a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Kento MOMOTA

Event
Badminton, men's singles
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
I tie up the drawstring of my shorts before the game.
Message for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Thank you for your continued support.
According to the rankings results for the Olympics Games selection process, I received an invitation to participate in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Just as I always have, I will play every round with all my might, making sure I will have no regrets and expressing gratitude to the people who have offered their support. I would appreciate your continued support.

Yuma YAMAZAKI

Event
Badminton
Do you have any good luck ritual before competing?
I eat rice balls (onigiri)
and listen to music before competing in singles.
Message for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
I am glad that I will be able to compete in para-badminton which will debut at the Paralympic Games thanks to everyone who has been cheering for us. Thank you for always showing your support!
I will work hard for the next two months to show you my best performance in the games and win medals that are hopefully of better colors!
I would appreciate your continued support!!

Takuro YAMADA

Event
swimming
Message for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Thank you always for your warm support.
Usually, the Games are a hugely meaningful event, especially for the amateur athletes, cheered on by people from around the world, since this is a special sporting event that happens only once every four years, but it has unfortunately become something that most people are not looking forward to. I hope for peace on earth more than anything else, and as an athlete, I feel sad about the current situation. However, if the situation improves and the Games go ahead, I hope to get ready to demonstrate my best-ever performance.

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