I am absolutely delighted that I will be able to participate in the olympic games while they are being held in my home country. I am looking forward to taking to the olympic stage and embracing the challenge as an ANA athlete, and will do everything I can to prepare for this summer event. I will work together with my teammates to battle my way through the games and give you an incredible relay performance. Your support will be most appreciated!
Eating yokan (a traditional Japanese confectionery made from red bean paste, agar, and sugar). I always carry this sweet around with me in my rucksack.
I am not particularly good at sports beside competitive swimming and I also struggled with physical education classes, but I love watching rugby matches!
In the area to which the swimmers are called, I imagine the race in my head and then I stand on the starting platform and take a deep breath. I also drink some water just before the race begins.
Having overcome many obstacles such as COVID-19, the postponement of the Olympics and personal injury, it gives me great joy to be able to compete in the games here in my home country.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the ANA staff and many others for their encouragement and support. I would like to fully prepare so I can perform to the best of my abilities as an ANA employee on the greatest stage of all, and I hope for your continued support.
Eat a banana.
I'm pretty nifty at table tennis. Also, I enjoy playing volleyball. I'd love to go and watch a rugby match in the flesh some time!
In the bus on the way to the venue, I listen to a song called Pride by Yu Takahashi to get myself pumped up.
After a long period of waiting around nervously, I was relieved to be selected for the Olympic team and am very happy to be competing on the Olympic stage as an ANA athnavi employee.
I will strive to deliver a running performance that meets the expectations of all those who have cheered me on.
I hope I can count on your support!
I always try to eat one of my favorite foods before a competition. Lately, I've been tucking into Japanese curry the day before races.
Right before a competition, I'll often have some Daifuku. I like Japanese sweets such as this as they help calm my nerves!
Baseball! In terms of pro teams, I support the Chunichi Dragons (based in Nagoya).
As you can watch loads of different sports broadcasts online nowadays, I've also recently been watching some soccer, basketball and rugby.
I look toward the finish line and try to visualize how the race will go.
I also try to relax my body by jumping up and down and breathing deeply.
Grand slam 26 wins (Men’s singles)
Even though 2020 will mark my fifth time to participate in the Paralympic Games, the pressure I feel for the Tokyo 2020 Games is unlike anything I have felt before. Every shot will count. I want to deliver excellent results in all events leading up to the games so that I am prepared both physically and mentally for this challenge.
Making Japan my stage, I will perform to the very best of my ability so that I can showcase what can really be achieved with a wheelchair. Nothing would make me happier than having you see this for yourselves and become wheelchair tennis fans.
My name is Shingo Kunieda and I will be representing Japan in the wheelchair tennis category. I feel extremely honored to have recently been given the great responsibility of heading up Japan's delegation for the Tokyo Paralympics. As the Japanese athletes in our delegation may never have another opportunity to compete in the Paralympics on their home turf, I can see this year's games being a truly precious experience for all of them. While the Paralympics often gain attention for being a parasporting event, the Tokyo Paralympics will serve as the perfect opportunity for shining the spotlight on the beauty of sports. I believe that every single athlete has undertaken all the necessary preparations so that they can outdo themselves on the world's greatest stage. In addition, I am certain that their performances will improve the image of parasports among Japanese people. With the Tokyo Paralympics set to take place after being postponed for 1 year due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we athletes are aware that there are an array of opinions surrounding the holding of these games. Nevertheless, we athletes will retain our gratitude toward those who are doing their utmost to ensure the games go ahead, and will compete in our respective events while keeping in mind and observing the various restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We very much hope that you will continue to support us as we all strive together to make the games a success.
I listen to Mr.Children (a Japanese pop rock band) when coming out onto the court. I used to do other things such as eating curry as soon as I got to the airport or trying to always wear red pants for my matches (laughs)! However, I often didn't have time to get my curry fill, and it was from this time that I also decided to ditch the red pants. The only pre-match ritual I have left now is listening to Mr.Children songs.
I play basketball to wind down, and I often play on my days off after coming home from tournaments.
- I bounce the ball on the ground twice before the first serve and four times before the second serve.
- In the 90 seconds of changing ends, I drink a sports drink and eat a banana.