Tennis Women's SinglesNAOMI OSAKA

Tennis Women's SinglesNAOMI OSAKA

Date of Birth
October 16,1997
Place of Birth
Osaka Prefecture

MAJOR RECORDS

2020
Brisbane International, Best 4
2019
Brisbane International, Best 4
Australian Open, 1st Place
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Best 4
Toray Pan Pacific Open, 1st Place
China Open, 1st Place
2018
BNP Paribas Open, 1st Place
Nature Valley Open, Nottingham, Best 4
U.S. Open, 1st Place
Toray Pan Pacific Open, 2nd Place
China Open, Best 4
2016
Toray Pan Pacific Open, 2nd Place
2015
Hua Hin Championships, 2nd Place
Dunlop Srixon World Challenge, Best 4

Women's Swimming 4x100m Freestyle RelayRIKA OMOTO

Women's Swimming 4x100m Freestyle RelayRIKA OMOTO

Date of Birth
May 8, 1997
Place of Birth
Kyoto Prefecture

MAJOR RECORDS

2021
Japan Championships, 100m freestyle, 4th Place (received informal offer to participate in 4x100m Freestyle Relay at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games)
200m individual medley, 3rd Place
2020
FINA Champions Swim Series2020 Beijing, 200m individual medley, 3rd Place
Japan Championships, 100m freestyle, 1st Place
200m individual medley, 3rd Place
Japan Open 2020, 50m freestyle, 1st Place
200m individual medley, 2nd Place
2019
Japan Championships, 50m freestyle, 1st Place
200m individual medley, 2nd Place
100m freestyle, 2nd Place
Japan Open, 50m freestyle, 1st Place
100m freestyle, 1st Place
World Championships, 200m individual medley, 5th Place
Japan Inter College Swimming Championships, 50m freestyle, 1st Place
National Sports Festival Swimming Competition, 200m individual medley, 2nd Place
2018
Japan Championships, 200m individual medley, 3rd Place
Japan Inter College Swimming Championships, 100m freestyle, 1st Place
200m individual medley, 1st Place
National Sports Festival Swimming Competition, 200m individual medley, 2nd Place
2017
Universiade 2017 Taipei, 4x200m Relay, 3rd Place
Japan Inter College Swimming Championships, 200m individual medley, 2nd Place
National Sports Festival Swimming Competition, 200m individual medley, 2nd Place
2016
Japan Inter College Swimming Championships, 200m individual medley, 3rd Place
2015
Japan Championships, 200m individual medley, 3rd Place
Japan Open, 200m individual medley, 1st Place
Japan High School Swimming Championships, 200m individual medley, 1st Place
National Sports Festival Swimming Competition, 400m individual medley, 1st Place

ATHLETE COMMENTS

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!

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

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.

Other sports I like

I am not particularly good at sports beside competitive swimming and I also struggled with physical education classes, but I love watching rugby matches!

Learn what I do at the poolside for good luck!

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.

Women's BasketballNAKO MOTOHASHI

Women's BasketballNAKO MOTOHASHI

Date of Birth
October 10, 1993
Place of Birth
Saitama Prefecture

MAJOR RECORDS

2019
FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2019, 1st Place (MVP)
2018
World Cup, 9th Place
2015
All Japan Intercollegiate Basketball Championship, 1st Place
2011
All-Japan Inter-High School Championships, 3rd Place

ATHLETE COMMENTS

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.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

Eat a banana.

Other sports I like

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!

Learn what I do before matches for good luck!

In the bus on the way to the venue, I listen to a song called Pride by Yu Takahashi to get myself pumped up.

Athletics Men's 200mJUN YAMASHITA

Athletics Men's 200mJUN YAMASHITA

Date of Birth
August 23, 1997
Place of Birth
Fukushima Prefecture

MAJOR RECORDS

2020
JAAF Athletics Championships, 200m, 4th Place
2019
Japan Championships, 200m, 5th Place
Universiade 2019 Naples
200m, 4th Place
4x100m Relay, 1st Place
World Athletics Championships, 200m, Start
2018
Japan Championships, 200m, 3rd Place
Asian Games, Mixed 4x400m Relay, 5th Place
2017
Japan Championships, 200m, 6th Place
Universiade 2017 Taipei
200m, 8th Place
4x100m Relay, 1st Place
2016
World Athletics U20 Championships
200m, 8th Place
4x100m Relay, 2nd Place

ATHLETE COMMENTS

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!

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

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!

Other sports I like

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.

Learn what I do trackside for good luck!

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.

Wheelchair TennisSHINGO KUNIEDA

Wheelchair TennisSHINGO KUNIEDA

Date of Birth
February 21, 1984
Place of Birth
Tokyo
Height
173 cm
Weight
65 kg

MAJOR RECORDS

2016
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Bronze Medal (Men’s doubles)
2012
London 2012 Paralympic Games, Gold Medal (Men’s singles)
2008
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Gold Medal (Men’s singles)
Bronze Medal (Men’s doubles)
2004
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, Gold Medal (Men’s doubles)

Grand slam 26 wins (Men’s singles)

ATHLETE COMMENTS

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.

Shingo Kunieda has been selected as the captain of Japan's delegation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics!

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.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

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.

Other sports I like

I play basketball to wind down, and I often play on my days off after coming home from tournaments.

Learn what I do on the court for good luck!

- 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.