August 25, 2016
The Third Deaf Soccer World Cup was held in Italy during June and July, 2016, in which sixteen national teams participated. Japan was defeated in the first league and was placed at the eleventh in the tournament followed.
The 19-year-old twin brothers, Okada Yuya and Takuya from Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama Prefecture next to Tokyo, were chosen to the Japanese team for the first time last year.
They are both a University student, visiting the Kawaguchi-shi Municinpal Office in the prefecture and reported a result of the World Cup and others to the mayor. (photo: from right: Mayor, Yuya and Takuya)
The twin brothers who were born with hearing difficulties have played with hearing persons all the time while putting on a hearing aid since the first grader.
They had no experience with Deaf soccer until these days, and neither of them also use sign language. Yuya said, "An eye contact with my teammate was important."
The Deaflympics will be held in Turkey next summer, and soccer will be also performed. Yuya and Takuya both promised, "We'll do our best to win a medal at the Deaflympics."