Deaf female plays table tennis at national championship in Tokyo

January 21, 2013

The deaf female player, Ueda Moe san, 23,  participated in the all Japan table tennis championship in the National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, which ended on January 20.

She has won three medals for singles, doubles, and a groups in the World Deaf Championship in May, last year. She is one of the medalist candidates for the Deaflympics which will be held in Bulgaria in July.

At the national championships, Ueda san, an employee of Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd., played with a hearing teammate, Nakamura Shigeko san, 23, as a pair in women's doubles, and attacked with the quite good heavy blow.

Ueda san who lipreads said, "It was the first time for me to play with a hearing teammate, and we understood each other little by little."

Although they won the first game on January 16 by 3-2, they were defeated by 1-3 in the second game on the next day.

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