Hirose and four others are offered for the Boccia Tokyo Para team on Dec. 22 at 17:13
Para sports ball game Boccia's Japan Championship was finalized on the 22nd, and four people, including Rio de Janeiro Paralympic team silver medal Takayoshi Hirose, have been decided to be the Tokyo Paralympic National Team next year.
Boccia is a parasport designed for people with severe motor impairment, such as cerebral palsy, in which they throw red and blue balls to compete for how close they can to a white ball.
On the 22nd, the finals of the Tokyo Paralympic Games were held in four different classes depending on the level of disability.
In classes such as cerebral palsy, two members of the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Silver medal group played against each other, and Hirose won the eighth victory over Hidetaka Sugimura 4 to 3 and was nominated as a representative.
Takumi Nakamura won the first victory in a class with severe disability such as cerebral palsy, and Keisuke Kawamoto won the third consecutive victory in the class with the most severe disability. Hayao Ezaki won two consecutive victories in classes other than cerebral palsy, all of whom were offered for the first time in the Paralympics.
Boccia won a silver medal in a group for the first time in the last Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, and is expected to win a gold medal in the Tokyo Games, and a total of 10 players will join the Tokyo Games with six players who will be offered in the world rankings at the end of April next year. I will come.
Hirose is a 35-year-old from Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture, who has been hired as a representative of the Tokyo Paralympics in classes such as cerebral palsy. I had a cerebral palsy since I was born and started Boccia in my third year of high school.
It is a powerful pitch that is called "powerball" and repels the target ball and the opponent's ball, changing the game situation.
He has participated in the Paralympics for three consecutive years since the 2008 Beijing Games, and contributed to Japan's first group silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games three years ago. Last year's World Championships also helped organizations win silver medals, with the Tokyo Paralympics aiming for gold medals.
Takumi Nakamura “I want to get the most out of Tokyo”
Nakamura, a 21-year-old from Osaka City, was hired as a representative in a class with severe disability such as cerebral palsy. He was born with a cerebral palsy disorder and Boccia started six years ago as part of a rehabilitation program.
While contributing to the organization's silver medal at the World Championships last year and remaining successful in international competitions, the Japan Championships failed to cross the wall of the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic team silver medal Yuriko Fujii and won second place in four consecutive tournaments until last year. I was The Boccia Japan National Team, which has many veteran players, is expected to be a young mood maker.
Nakamura commented, "The Japanese championship has been running second place for four consecutive years and has been called the" Silver Collector ", but it has finally caught its top. I corrected my bad points with a lot of people and today I think they all appeared in this game. "
As for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, he said, "I couldn't go to the last Rio de Janeiro tournament, and the desire to go to Tokyo was stronger than anyone. I think that the Paralympic Games held in my home country will never happen again while I'm alive. I want to make the most of my strength. "
Keisuke Kawamoto "Start Here"
Kawamoto, who was hired as the representative in the class with the heaviest disability, is 20 years old from Nagoya. I started riding a wheelchair in elementary school due to progressive intractable disease and muscular dystrophy, and started Boccia with the introduction of a friend with the same disability.
At the age of 12, he won the second place in the Japanese championship throwing class, but at the age of 14, he could not throw the ball by hand and turned to the class with the heaviest obstacle to using the ball rolling equipment. In the Asia-Oceania Championships in July, he helped win the first silver medal as a captain of a Japanese pair, and he has gained even greater personality by winning the gold medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics and finishing fourth.
Kawamoto said, "The final end was a very good fight with the opponent, but I was able to do my job as a result of being greedy without giving up victory. Because I only got the image of winning, I'm glad I was able to get Boccia in Aichi Prefecture and throughout the country with the goal of winning, and I'm glad I was able to win. "
Regarding the Tokyo Paralympic Games, "I'm really happy with the results, but I think that this is the starting point because the participation in the Tokyo Games was within expectations. I would like to practice hard to say the best, and share the strategy and feelings with all the representatives and do my best. "
Hayao Ezaki "Aiming for a medal in Tokyo"
Ezaki, 18 years old from Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture, was hired as a representative in a class of disorders other than cerebral palsy. Due to her congenital intractable disease, "muscular dystrophy," she began to live in a wheelchair and started Boccia in search of a sport she could do on her own. The employee's father became a coach and practiced repeatedly, winning his first championship last year at the Japan Championships. I have been strengthening my skills such as being at the top in international competitions.
Ezaki said, "Because the representative is on, I was nervous for each and every game, and there were some things that did not go well in today's game, but I was glad I could correct it during the game. The support was helpful, and I am grateful. "
In addition, he expressed his willingness not only to participate in the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which he had been aiming for, but also to aim for medals.