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Japanese Wheelchair Basketball Teen Aiming at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics | Heroes of the Future

November 9, 2019


My life is related deeply
to basketball and it will always be. Basketball is my life. (HEROES OF THE FUTURE) (RYUGA AKAISHI, 15 YEARS OLD,
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL, JAPAN) (SAITAMA) (RYUGA AKAISHI, 15 YEARS OLD,
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL) My name is Akaishi Ryuga. I’m 15 years old. I belong to the Saitama Lions
team. (WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL BECAME A
PARALYMPIC SPORT IN ROME 1960) I am training him to grow
as a basketball player (TOSHIMITSU MORITA,
RYUGA’S COACH) to help him reach
the Tokyo Paralympics. When I was five,
I became ill and couldn’t walk. It was very painful for me to tell him that he would never
be able to walk. (YUKIYO AKAISHI,
RYUGA’S MOTHER) And I talked with him as well. “However, there are still
plenty of things you can do, “even though you can’t walk,
don’t you think?” (AGEO HIGH SCHOOL, SAITAMA,
JAPAN) It was difficult
to find a high school that would admit me. It was really difficult. People kept telling us that it’s very difficult to find schools that admit disabled people
with wheelchairs. Ryuga studied extra hard
and passed the entrance exam. Now I feel so relieved. Anyway this dinner is
a celebration for you, Ryuga. You start a new life. Ryuga said, “I want to participate
in the Tokyo Olympic Games “and win a gold medal.” “I want to be
the number one in the world.” Someday I want to be
the number one. Good luck and cheers
to a new life and basketball. One, two, three, four, five. Perhaps you think Wheelchair Basketball
is only for disabled people. However,
if you played just once, you would understand
how difficult it is. (RYUGA WAKES UP AT 6AM EVERY
DAY TO TRAIN ON HIS OWN) Sometimes you shoot
with your hand closed. You should shoot
with your hand open and continue
with the follow-through. Like this. My weak point is shooting. What he needs to improve
is to shoot from far away. I hope he manages
to score three-pointers. My dream is to participate
in the Paralympic Games, but I don’t think
that it is my ultimate goal. My ultimate goal
is to win a gold medal. (RYUGA CONTINUES TRAINING HARD TO JOIN THE JAPANESE JUNIOR
NATIONAL TEAM) (DESPITE ALL THE OBSTACLES,
HE REMAINS OPTIMISTIC THAT HE WILL ACCOMPLISH
HIS GOAL TO PLAY IN THE
PARALYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020)

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11 Comments

  • Reply Nathan February 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    But can they slam dunk( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Reply HazyLazyJazy February 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    please make more like this
    heroes of the future
    it give a lot of motivation for me

  • Reply DTrey FloatGoat February 10, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    ILuvKfc u messed up bruh. But they probably do the euro, I mean asiastep.

  • Reply -Traquo- -Rafa- February 10, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    it s my dream travel to tokyo, playing wheelchair andebol for portugal for paralampics games

  • Reply Devraj Roy February 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    need translations pls boss

  • Reply r ** February 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I really hope I get to see him play at the 2020 Paralympics!

  • Reply Echolotalia Brokenflight February 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    counted about seven anime references is the first 20 seconds…wow, I'm such trash…😂

  • Reply ZER0 -X- February 12, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Ryuga-kun is a legend and other people who are trying their best like Ryuga-kun

  • Reply LCW Crazyhead March 12, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Very inspirational

  • Reply ghktdbjv hkotqzbmpo March 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    so inspirig, wish him luck

  • Reply MeGusta109 November 3, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Wow good for him!!!

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