Deaf basket player pays a courtesy visit to governor in Akita Prefecture

April 17, 2012

Ishikawa Tomomasa (29) will participate in the Asia primary for the Deaflympics as a national Deaf basketball player. He paid a courtesy visit to Governor Satake Yoshihisa in Akita Prefecture, a part of northeastern Japan.

He, born Deaf, began the basketball when he was a fourth grader in elementary school. Working in the subsidiary of Toshiba, Co. in Tokyo now, he belongs to the Deaf basketball club for the national team, having continued practice.

Tomomasa said, "Representing Japan at the regional conference, I want to take the lead to make a way to give Deaf children a big dream." He promised to work hard to win the Asia primary.

The primary will be held from May 26 to June 2 in South Korea, with five nations competing. Top 3 teams from the Asian region are eligible for the Summer Deaflympics which will be held in Hungary in 2013.






Japanese original article:
http://mainichi.jp/area/akita/news/20120417ddlk05050044000c.html


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