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Toyo University Athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

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We received messages of support for Toyo athletes from former medalists and volunteers.

Keep relaxed and do what you’ve always done. There is brilliance to athletes competing hard!

My message to the athletes is, “don’t be too eager.”
All of you have already produced results in the World Championships and World Cups. So, there is no need to feel extra pressure just because it is the Olympics. Just be relaxed as always.
Being nervous is proof you are focused.
I know you have many mixed emotions, but more than the results, the true magnificence of the Olympics is in the athletes giving it their all.
Do your best!

Atsuji Miyahara

Graduated 1983, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business Administration

Previous Events, Sport/Event

Los Angeles (1984)
Wrestling/ 52kg Greco-Roman (gold medal)
Seoul (1988)
Wrestling/ 52kg Greco-Roman (silver medal)

Atsuji Miyahara

Compete to get a medal, not to finish in the top eight. Leave your mark on history!

I’m sure you are not letting even a second go to waste in your preparations for the Olympics.
In practice and your personal lives.
In that case, then you must know the best way to approach the Olympics.
For me, being a zainchi (Japanese term for ethnic Koreans with permanent residency in Japan) Korean, it was a lonely Olympics as I wasn’t supported by Japan or Korea.
But for you, please use the expectations of those around you as strength and approach the Olympics with the confident mindset of “I will get a medal!”
Leave your mark on history!

Eitetsu Inoue

Graduated 1977, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business Administration

Previous Events, Sport/Event

Montreal (1976)
Judo/ 80kg (bronze medal)

Eitetsu Inoue

In the end, it is all about believing in yourself. I want the athletes to keep their cool!

The Tokyo Games will start soon.
To the athletes who made many sacrifices to win their place at the Olympics, I want to offer the words, “Believe in yourself.”You cannot perform better at the Games than in practice.
I want the athletes to keep their cool at the games by trusting their efforts up until now.
I want them to be grateful that their activities are supported by many people and return the favor by promoting their sports after the Games.

Takashi Kurosu

Graduated 1992, Department of Commerce, Faculty of Business Administration

Previous Events, Sport/Event

Atlanta (1996)
Baseball (silver medal)

Takashi Kurosu

We are proud of our Toyo University athletes.I am cheering for them!

In 1964 I was captain of the Automobile Club in my 4th year of university, and I participated as a volunteer transporting Olympic personnel.
I remember that the Hungarian athlete I was responsible for won bronze in the Shot Put with an excellent performance.
I always keep an eye on the Toyo University sports teams, and I feel proud every time they compete.
It seems there will be several Toyo athletes competing this year too, and I will cheer them on.

Koji Muto

Graduated 1965, Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics

Participated Event

Tokyo (1964)
Transportation volunteer

Koji Muto

Competing at the Olympics as a Coach

The Hinomaru on the Center Pole

Hiroyasu Tsuchie

I believe the decision to hold the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo was made in September 2013.
That year was also when all eyes in Japan were focused on men’s sprinting, thanks to a high school student named Yoshihide Kiryu running an astonishing 10.01. The following year, I came to Toyo University with Kiryu, and we began to train for the Tokyo Olympics. At that time, there was no way of knowing that COVID-19 would occur, and the Olympics would be postponed to 2021. However, I believe in our remaining possibilities, and together with Kiryu we are giving it our all every day with our eyes on the Olympic stage. At the Tokyo Games, a big goal of ours is to achieve results in the 100m, but another major goal is to win gold in the 4x100m relay.
I have been Japan Team Coach since 2008, and I have been competing together with the athletes on the world stage. In 2016, the four “relay samurai,” including Kiryu, swept past the UK and US teams and won a silver medal behind a Jamaican team lead by Usain Bolt. We were neck with the Jamaicans until the baton was handed to Bolt, so rather than losing to Jamaica, it felt like we lost to Bolt. Bolt subsequently retired, and the current Jamaican team is not as strong. At the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, with Kiryu running the third leg and the 9.97 Sani Brown running the anchor leg, the team won bronze with a new Asian record of 37.43. It would not be unusual for this record to be a gold-medal-winning record, so we were ready to face the Tokyo Games with the realistic goal of a Gold Medal.
Incidentally, I have a certain affection for the 4x100m relay. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, my first Olympic Games as a 4th year student, we expected to finish in the top eight. But unfortunately, we were disqualified in the qualifiers for a baton error. After that, I wasn’t able to qualify in the 100m individual event, but I was able to finish in the top eight in the 4x100m relay at the Asian Games and World Athletics Championships. Then at the age of 30, as the culmination of my career as an athlete, I went to the 2004 Athens Olympics. I went into the Olympics with the confidence that we would win a medal, but I made a mistake at the start, and we finished fourth. As I could no longer compete age-wise, I decided to work with the Japan relay team as a coach and member of staff. I was wholeheartedly focused on regaining the medal that I failed to win, and at the 2008 Beijing Games, we won a bronze medal (later advanced to silver). Subsequently, the level of Japanese sprinting is increasing with the emergence of many strong sprinters such as Kiryu, Sani Brown, Cambridge, and Yamagata.
“The Hinomaru on the center pole” is the slogan of the Japanese swimming team, taught to me by Coach Hirai. The men's 4x100m team has finally become able to set the same goal as the swimming team, and this is deeply moving as someone who has been involved with the team as an athlete, coach, and member of staff.
We do not know what will happen with the Olympics that have been postponed until 2021. However, I pray that the Olympics can be held in a way that the Japanese people and people worldwide welcome. If this can come true, then I feel that the athletes will respond to everyone’s expectations.

Hiroyasu Tsuchie
Professor, Department of Business Law, Faculty of Law
Coach, The Sprints Division, Toyo University Track and Field Club
Coach for the Olympic Games, Japan Association of Athletics Federations

SPECIAL PROGRAMToyo University Lecture on the Olympic and Paralympic Games

A lecture where students learn diverse values from across the world with the Games as the subject matter

I want everyone to contemplate the meaning of the Olympic and Paralympic Games once again.

Hironori Tanigama

The spirit of the modern Olympics (Olympism) is built on the philosophy of contributing to education, international cooperation, and the realization of world peace through sport.
The Olympics is a time when we put down weapons and enjoy sport together. Competing fairly, understanding each other's differences in thinking through close cooperation, and fostering a spirit of friendship. In modern times where wars persist in all parts of the world, the peace process that the modern Olympics aims to achieve continues to have a significant meaning.
However, Tokyo 2020 seems slightly different, having been rocked by the crisis of postponement and reorganization due to the impact of COVID-19. Until now, deepening mutual understanding through competition was the epitome of the Olympics Games, with athletes from all over the world coming together and spending time with one another in the Athlete’s Village and interacting with the host nation's culture. However, COVID-19 has made people keep physical distance away from others. In the operation of the Games, it is demanded that people do not get together. In other words, the Olympic philosophy remains the same, but we are standing at a crossroads where we should think about the nature of the Olympics Games.
Toyo University (in 1887) and the modern Olympics (in 1896) were founded at almost the same time, and both have existed throughout the same eras. During this time, Toyo University has produced over 30 Olympians and many medalists.
Toyo University has a good relationship with the Olympics, and since 2015 when the decision was made to hold the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the “Lecture on the Olympic and Paralympic Games” has been held as a university-wide course. It is an omnibus lecture that utilizes the strengths of a university, and Toyo University faculty give multifaceted talks on the Olympic and Paralympic Games from the perspective of their specialization. Since its inception, the lecture has been popular, with around 1300 students taking the AY2021 spring semester online lecture.
With the eyes of the world on the Tokyo 2020 Games, I want Toyo University students to contemplate the value and meaning of the Olympic and Paralympic Games once again carefully. No matter what path you take, I am sure that the spirit of philosophy that you fostered at Toyo University will be something you value for the rest of your lives.

Hironori Tanigama
Professor, Department of Law, Faculty of Law
Coach, Toyo University Basketball Club
Philosophizing about the Olympic and Paralympic Games
A popular Toyo University lecture is now available as a book! Philosophical Exploration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - From the Realities of Fostering Olympians to Social Issues
(Koyo Shobo)

Deeply philosophizing and learning about the Olympic and Paralympic Games through multiple perspectives, including the spectacular competition of athletes and the reality of athlete support, social issues behind the Games (doping, political exploitation, discrimination, economic disparity, etc.), in addition to learning through the fields of physics, nutrition, peace studies, law, and tourism studies.