Head for the world stage! NTT Athletes
- Football 5-a-side (Blind football) (B1 category)
- Date of Birth:
- May 8, 1978
- My Favorites:
- Occasional holidays
I developed sight problems at the age of 3 years. While my eyesight was weak when I was at school, it declined in 2002. I began competing in 2006, and have been competing as a representative of Japan since the 2009 Asian Championships.
Goals for this season
Aim to be an all-rounder who can play both offence and defense, and hone my individual skills so that I can contribute more as a team player.
- Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games: Football 5-a-side, Rank 5
- KPMG Cup Blind Soccer Club Team Championships 2020: Advance to semifinal round
- KPMG Cup Blind Soccer Club Team Championships 2019: Winner
- IBSA Blind Soccer World Grand Prix 2019: 4th Place
- IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships: 3rd Place
- IBSA Blind Soccer World Grand Prix : 5th Place
- 17th AXA Brave Cup Blind Football Japan Championships: Runner-up
Akihito TANAKA competed in the “IBSA Blind Soccer World Grand Prix 2019”, achieving 4th Place.
Akihito TANAKA (NTT Claruty Corporation) represented Japan in the “IBSA Blind Soccer World Grand Prix 2019”, which was held on March 19–24, 2019, and achieved 4th Place.
With eight countries competing in this event and Japan defeating the strong Spanish team, the Grand Prix further boosted the Japanese team’s momentum in the lead up to the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Supporters recruited via NTT’s volunteer website were on hand to enthusiastically cheer the team on.
TANAKA will also be competing in the Club Team Championships on June 1, 2019, as a member of the Tama Hassas blind soccer team, so look forward to his future activities.
Go, TANAKA, Go!
NTT Claruty Facebook page(*Japanese Version Only)
NTT Claruty Official website (*Japanese Version Only)
Akihito TANAKA competed in the “IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships 2019”, achieving 3rd Place.
Akihito TANAKA (NTT Claruty) participated in the IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships 2019 (hereinafter referred to as the “Asian Championships”) held in Pattaya, Thailand, as part of the Japanese team, competing against Thailand for Third Place. Japan won the match 2-1, giving Japan Third Place in the 2019 Asian Championships—the first time Japan has won an Asian Championships medal since the 2013. Thank you for your support!
Asian Championships 2019 Final Rankings:
First Place: China Second Place: Iran Third Place: Japan
The IBSA Blind Soccer World Grand Prix 2020 is being held.
Teams from 8 countries, including the Japanese team, will be competing in this tournament.
Dates: March 16 (Mon.) – 21 (Sat.), 2020
Venue: Shinagawa Tennozu Park, Tokyo, Japan
Look forward to seeing Akihito TANAKA making an even greater contribution. Go for it, Akihito!!
IBSA BLIND FOOTBALL WGP2020(*Japanese Version Only)
Akihito TANAKA’s team, Tama Hassas, will compete in the Blind Soccer East Japan League.
Event: Blind Soccer East Japan League 2019 (Admission to games is free of charge)
(1) Sept. 8 (Sun.), 2019 / 12:30 Tama Hassas vs Fantas Chiba SSC Matsudo Warriors
(2) Oct. 27 (Sun.), 2019 / 13:30 Tama Hassas vs Buen Cambio Yokohama
(3) Nov. 10 (Sun.), 2019 / 16:00 Tama Hassas vs Saitama T. Wings
(4) Nov. 17 (Sun.), 2019 / 14:30 Tama Hassas vs Derrotó Saber Ibaraki
(1) Keio University Hiyoshi Campus Athletics Field
(2) Sports Schule Tsukuba
(3) Shinagawa Chuo Park
(4) Fussa Municipal Fussa Baseball Stadium
Official website:Blind Soccer East Japan League 2019(*Japanese Version Only)
As a member of the Japanese national team, Akihito TANAKA will compete in the IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships 2019.
Dates: Sept. 30 (Mon.) – Oct. 6 (Sun.), 2019
Venue: Pattaya Youth Center (Pattaya, Thailand)
Official website: IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships 2019(*Japanese Version Only)
Akihito TANAKA will compete in the Santen IBSA Blind Football WGP 2021 in Shinagawa.
Dates: May. 30 (Sun.) – Jun. 5 (Sat.), 2021
Venue: Shinagawa Ward Tennozu Park
Official website: Santen IBSA Blind Football WGP 2021 in Shinagawa (*Japanese Version Only) *No audience. All games will be broadcast.
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