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December 05, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Nippon (Japan)

Family Support drives Special Olympics Nippon Basketball Team

By Karyn Tan

(Left to right) The Nakano Family: Father Yasuhiko, Son Ryo, and Mum Chitose. Credit: Special Olympics

Special Olympics Nippon has three basketball teams competing at the Asia Pacific Games, from three prefectures – Tokyo, Chiba, and Tochigi, playing in different divisions. Many of the players were previous teammates from the previous 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, and were excited to get another taste of international competition. To show their support, many of the players’ families are here as well, cheering for their sons at the Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium, along with local Japanese expatriates staying in the area. One Tokyo family member Yasuhiko Nakano sums it up saying “We’ve put in so much effort for the past months of practice, we want to come to Australia and see the results.” As for his son Ryo, who is Captain of the Tokyo team, Yasuhiko says: “he’s really stepped up as a leader this week, managing his teammates well.”

About Karyn Tan: Communications Manager for Asia Pacific region

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