Deaf gold medalist to give up table tennis

Ueda Moe (right) shows a forcible play at the All Japan Championship.
(photo: http://mainichi.jp/)

March 10, 2014

 Ueda Moe (上田萌), 24, the medalist of the women's singles table tennis at the Deaflympics, expressed her retirement after March. The Tokyo Championship which opens on March 12 will be her last game.

Ueda, who was from Kyoto Prefecture, began table tennis at the age of five after watching light rally of Fukuhara Ai, a hearing girl aged 6 then in the convention where her elder brother was a player, too. Ueda says, "I became positive to interact with others through the sport."

She has won the silver medal at the Deaflympics in 2009, and the gold medal at the Deaflympics in July, 2013, which was her dream. She later felt burned out.

Although Ueda is undecided about future, she is thinking what to do for  some support to the Deaf/deaf children.


Japanese source:
http://mainichi.jp/sports/news/20140310k0000e050160000c.html

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