The 43rd Hokkaido Summer Sports Meet for the Deaf started in Kushiro City, Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, on July 3. It was the 4th time to be held since 17 years ago. About 520 people in all, including about 260 athletes, participated from around in Hokkaido.
Hideo Kakizaki, the president of the Hokkaido Federation of the Deaf, greeted at the opening ceremony and said, "We want everyone to show the best and to make the event a good one". Yohei Kashiwagi from Kushiro City made a powerful pledge for fair play.
For 2 days until July 4th, 6 sport items were played with vigor; bowling, gate ball, badminton, futsal, soft volleyball and park golf.