Athletes who won medals at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics were presented with the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Commendation.
The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Commendation is given to 24 athletes and their coaches who have won medals at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics, and the award-winning athletes receive a certificate of commendation.
On behalf of the athletes at the ceremony held at a hotel in Tokyo on the 28th,
▽ Sakamoto, who won the bronze medal in the women's single and team figure skating, and
▽ Yuki Horishima, who won the bronze medal in the ski freestyle men's moguls.
Seven medalists attended the event, including
, and Taiki Kawayoke, who won the gold medal in the Paralympic cross-country skiing men's 20-kilometer classical standing class .
In this speech, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Nagaoka said, "Your success has given many people dreams and excitement. I look forward to your continued success as we continue to work hard."
Afterwards, the players gave their greetings, and Sakamoto said, "We were able to perform well on the world stage thanks to the warm encouragement and support from the coaches and staff who gave us enthusiastic guidance, as well as the people of Japan." said the words of
Kawayoke also said, "We athletes have begun training for the Paralympic Games four years from now. We pledge to continue training with awareness and pride as athletes." spoke of determination.
After the ceremony, Horishima said, "First of all, I would like to solidify my image of what I should do in order to win the gold medal, and then take action."