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Daihatsu sponsors Para-Badminton International Tournament!
”HULIC・DAIHATSU Japan Para-Badminton International 2017“


Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that it will be sponsoring ”Japan Para-Badminton International“, the International Tournament for ”Para-Badminton“, which has been recognised as an official sport for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
”HULIC・DAIHATSU Japan Para-Badminton International 2017“ will be happening at Machida Gymnasium in Tokyo from 7th September (Thurs) to 10th September (Sun).

During the special sponsor segment of the ”HULIC・DAIHATSU Japan Para-Badminton International 2017“release conference organised in Tokyo on the 14th of June (Wed), Mr Hiroyuki Yokoyama, Executive Vice President of Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. stood on stage. He expressed his thoughts about the development of Para-Badminton.
He said, ”February this year, I met and spoke to Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic committee. When I asked him for advice with regards to Daihatsu’s further support towards Para-Badminton, he said that first and foremost, he wished for the work of many people towards spreading awareness of Para-Badminton. Since Daihatsu has stores spread out all over the country, I intend to utilise them and support Para-Badminton with a method incorporating a grassroots movement style.“

In addition to representatives of the sponsoring corporations, competitors selected to take part in the tournament like Osamu Nagashima (WH1 (Wheelchair) / Ranked 11th in the world), Yuma Yamazaki (WH2 (Wheelchair) / Ranked 8th in the world), Mamiko Toyoda (SU5 (Upper Limb Impairment) / Ranked 3rd in the world), Daisuke Fujiwara (SL3 (Lower Limb Impairment)/ Ranked 4th in the world) were present for the conference on this day. The four athletes representing Japan on the international stage spoke of their anticipation and ambition towards the international tournament that was to be organized in Japan for the first time.

Athletes’ Comments

Osamu Nagashima

I have been waiting for a tournament like this to be organized in Japan. A male class like WH1 (Wheelchair) has many competitors and is extremely competitive. However, I will work hard in order to beat as many and remain till the last day.

Yuma Yamazaki

My aim is to secure a medal. But first, I wish for many people to watch me play and thus learn the charm of Para-Badminton. I will be happy if people who wish to play together with us emerges from this.

Mamiko Toyoda

I wish to win in order to repay all those who have supported me thus far. As SU5 class (Upper Limb Impairment) is well stocked with good players even within Japan, we are all rivals of each other, and having many rivals close to each other is a good stimulus. I hope that these rivalries polishes each of us up as we all work hard together.

Daisuke Fujiwara

I am honored to be able to compete in Japan’s first international tournament. As I was able to win the first Japanese championships in 2015, this time, I once again wish to display a great performance in the presence of everyone and aim for the champion. Then, during the 2020 Paralympic in Tokyo, I hope to win and carve my name into history.

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