Mar.5.2015Media Briefing for the KANSAI World Masters Games 2021

On March 5, we held a briefing session for the press at Kishi Memorial Gymnasium, Tokyo, regarding the KANSAI World Masters Games 2021.

Representatives of the Organizing Committee who attended the session were Presidents Toshizo Ido and Shosuke Mori, Vice Presidents Joichi Okazaki (Executive Managing Director of the Japan Sports Association) and Shoichi Yanagimoto (Athlete Network Chair), as well as Special Advisors Yoriko Okamoto and Juri Tatsumi (both Olympians). The representatives gave explanations on the Games’ characteristics and purpose.

Vice President Okazaki explained that the Games will be co-hosted with the Japan Sports Association, based on a decision made this January, saying, “In cooperation with the Sports Masters Japan, which have been held since 2001, we will proceed with the preparation of the Games with our central goal of making Japan a more sports-oriented country.”

The Games is characterized by allowing athletes over the age of 30 to participate regardless of their sporting background. Due to this, in past games, “dream matches” have taken place, where amateur athletes played on the same field as their favorite professional athletes.

Ms. Okamoto, a taekwondo bronze-medalist at the Sydney Olympics 2000, said that she wanted to create a volleyball team with Mr. Yanagimoto as the head coach, and aim for a medal.