The Power of Sports Will Make Way for a Happier Future for People All around the WorldTalk Session with Athletes 300 Days before the Tokyo Olympics
On Friday September 25, 2020, there was a talk session held on the TEMBO DECK of TOKYO SKYTREE with athletes discussing their future goals and current hopes and thoughts.
Athletes who participated include: BMX Rider Rim Nakamura, who is confirmed to participate in the Men’s Freestyle, Promising Skateboarder Yuto Horigome, who currently holds the most gold metals (The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be the first to include Skateboarding as an event; Participated in the Talk Session Virtually from the USA), Ryo Miyake, who won the Silver medal in the Olympic Games London 2012 for Fencing Men Foil Team, and Maiko Kano, a former for Volleyball Women who won the Bronze medal at the Olympic Games London 2012.
Daiki Tanaka, Announcer and Sports Announcer, acted as the facilitator of this event and the athletes had a passionate talk regarding sports.
A monument by the name of “W1SH RIBBON,” located on the TEMBO DECK of TOKYO SKYTREE, made its first appearance. This monument was created in response to the current situation of COVID-19 with the strong belief that everyone will overcome this obstacle, and with hopes that it will make everyone hopeful.
After the talk session, athletes wrote their wishes and feelings and tied it to the “W1SH RIBBON” monument on the TEMBO DECK of TOKYO SKYTREE hoping that everyone will overcome this time and to support those who have their eyes on the future with positive thoughts (Yuto Horikome, who was participating from overseas, announced his “W1SH”during the video call.). The athletes had serious faces when tying their ribbon to the monument, but after tying it, their faces lit up with a smile
The Pure Feeling of Wanting to Train as Much as Possible
A new countdown is in place due to the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to COVID-19. Counting down 300 days until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, athletes discussed their honest feelings and how they are going to spend their time until the games.
From left to right: Daiki Tanaka, Maiko Kano, Ryo Miyake, Rim Nakamura, Yuto Horigome (Participated online)
Yuto Horigome stated, “I am practicing a lot so I hope to show everyone my new tricks during the Olympics. My original tricks are my strong point so I would like to focus on that. I want to surprise everyone with my tricks.”
Rim Nakamura, BMX rider, remained optimistic, stating, “(As the Olympics were postponed one year) I have more time to practice so I believe that I can show the people a better performance.” He started BMX when he was two years old and stated, “If you don’t ride even for one day, you forget the hang of it so it’s really important to ride every day.” Even though he has achieved tremendous accomplishments such as placing first in international championship, he remains humble and states, “I’ll practice day after day.” His passion towards the sport could be felt.
Rim Nakamura, Japan’s Representative for Freestyle BMX for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Maiko Kano spoke about the importance of practice and communication for group competitions. Kano, from her own experience, stated, “Communication outside of the Volleyball court is very important. It’s important to communicate with one another and to not waste time outside of practice.”
Maiko Kano, Former Representative of Japan’s Women’s Volleyball Team (Bronze Medalist)
The Power of Believing” Is the Key to Overcome Hard Times
During this time, the Olympics and many other sport competitions have been cancelled or postponed due to the effects of COVID-19. As training and the like have been limited, the common challenge for these athletes is how to stay motivated.
Ryo Miyake stated, “It was 100 days until the Olympics and then the countdown reset, making it more than 300 days until the Olympics. At that time I felt really bummed out and empty.” He participated in the National Championships on September 18th but unfortunately lost the first match. He remarked, “I was glad to finally be able to participate in a competition.”
Ryo Miyake, Fencing Athlete London 2012 Olympics Silver Medalist
More now than ever, it is important to train and get ready. Ryo Miyake stated, “The Olympics are a special event that only takes place once every four years. It is not just your talent that is put to the test, your feelings and heart are the key.” Even through the challenges that COVID-19 presents, he stated, “I think that an athlete is someone who, no matter if they win or lose, gets nervous and finds happiness in that.” Miyake believes in himself and remains optimistic, stating that he will get ready day after day.
The “W1SH RIBBON” monument placed on the TEMBO DECK of TOKYO SKYTREE made its first appearance in this interview. “W1SH RIBBON” is styled with a number “1” with a reference to guests’ “one” wish as well as a reference to TOKYO SKYTREE being the world’s number one tallest freestanding broadcasting tower. Guests have an opportunity to write their wish on the ribbon and tie it to the monument.
Rim Nakamura, with His Wish “Win against yourself” on a Gold Ribbon
After the talk session, the athletes wrote their wishes and feelings and tied it to the “W1SH RIBBON” monument.
Rim Nakamura wrote “Win against yourself.” He stated, “We are fighting against our fears, injuries, and most importantly ourselves on a daily basis. Since there are no competitions recently, it’s hard to be motivated and that is why I chose this wish.”
New Monument “W1SH RIBBON” Wishes Are Written on Each and Every One of the Colorful Ribbons
A Wish for the Future- Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Ryo Miyake, who has experienced receiving a Silver Medal at the Olympic Games London 2012 sent a message, stating “Pass this result and experience to the next generation.”
Ryo Miyake, with His Wish “Pass this result and experience to the next generation” on a Gold Ribbon
It has been about eight years since Ryo Miyake won the Silver Medal in the Fencing Men Foil Team. Now a veteran at the sport, Miyake stated, “It’s a given that athletes want to take first place, but it is also important for your sport to become number one as well,” noting his change in heart from the beginning of his career. As the only active member in the Japan National Fencing team to receive a medal, he stated that, “I wish to be a good influence to the next generation of fencers, teaching them and guiding them.”
As Yuto Horigome participated online, he virtually wrote his wish “keep it up.”
Yuto Horigome with His Message “keep it up”
He wrote this stating, “I always want to level up and aim for a better version of myself.” Preparing for the Olympics, he stated, “I always strive to be better and I would like for you all to my progress day by day.
Maiko Kano’s Wish “For a future that everyone in the world smiles!!”
Maiko Kano’s wish was “For a future that everyone in the world smiles!!” She stated “Because of the current situation of COVID-19, many people seem gloomy, but smiling is what makes people shine. I would like for everyone to smile with the power of sports.
The athletes’ wishes, on gold ribbons, stand out from the rest on the “W1SH RIBBON” monument. Come over to Tokyo Skytree and make a wish on the TEMBO DECK! TOBU TOWER TOKYO SKYTREE CO., LTD. will continue to support the activities of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 as an Official Supporter, so please look forward to it!