2020HEROES

Head for the world stage! NTT Athletes

Akihito TANAKA

Football 5-a-side

Image: Photograph of rugby footballer Akihito TANAKA during a match.

Win a medal with impressive offensive soccer skills.

The Tokyo 2020 Games will be the fist time for the Japanese team to compete in a Paralympics, and I aim to win a medal with offensive soccer skills so that spectators enjoy Blind Soccer as a sport.

PROFILE

Image: Facial photograph of Akihito TANAKA.

Akihito TANAKA

Event:
 Football 5-a-side (Blind football) (B1 category)
Date of Birth:
 May 8, 1978
Hometown:
 Shizuoka
Height:
 162cm
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.

PURPOSE

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.

RESULTS

Main achievements

2018
IBSA World Grand Prix: 5th Place
2017
IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships: 5th Place
2015
IBSA World Games: 5th Place
2014
IBSA Blind Football World Championships: 6th Place
2014
Asian Para Games (Incheon): Runner-up