The Tokyo Paralympic Paralympic Para-Equestrian Japan National Team has been announced, and four players have been selected, including three in their twenties who will be participating for the first time.
Para-equestrian is divided into five grades according to the type and degree of disability, and is performed only in the "dressage" event, in which the accuracy and beauty of the horse's steps are competed.
Japan has secured the host country frame "4" at the Tokyo Paralympics, and the Japan Equestrian Association for the Disabled has decided to participate in individuals and groups based on the results of the tournament that met the regulations from March to this month. The players were decided and announced on the 16th.
Four players were selected: Mitsuhide Miyaji (63), Kanetsu Yoshikoshi (20), Masaru Inaba (26), and Katsuji Takashima (28).
Of these, Yoshikoshi, Inaba, and Takashima will be participating in the Paralympics for the first time, and Miyaji will be participating for the second time following the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Japan national team coach Norio Miki said, "The ability of the players has definitely improved and there is a possibility that they will be able to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics. I want to improve individual and team strength. "
Four representatives have commented
Mitsuhide Miyaji, who was appointed as the representative of Japan for Para-Equestrian at the Tokyo Paralympics, said, "I would like to express my utmost gratitude to those who support me in Japan and all the people involved. 100% power at the Rio de Janeiro tournament. I wasn't able to demonstrate, but I want to aim for a prize with the best performance I can understand at the Tokyo Games. "
Kyoji Yoshikoshi commented, "At the Tokyo Paralympics, I want to bring out the best in horses and aim for medals with beautiful and splendid performances."
Masaru Inaba commented, "I would like to concentrate the remaining time until the tournament and position it as a fulfilling period to maximize the potential of the horse and perform at its best."
Katsuji Takashima commented, "In the process of practicing, communication with the horse deepened and the combination gradually improved. I will do my best to show good performance."