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Discussion in 'Japan Professional Players' started by gaDEfan, May 6, 2007.
That’s quite a story. Also inspiring for the kids to know their seniors compete at the the very top
It is quite a story. All five of the medallists were still pupils at the school when the earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. I am not sure about the circumstances of the other four, but Momota was apparently playing in an overseas tournament at the time. When he returned, there was no longer a school to go to. He ended up evacuating to Tokyo (lodging with Tago) until a substitute high school could be found. Given all this turbulence, it's close to amazing that he managed to win both the Asia Junior and World Junior Championships the following year.
Another press conference back in Japan (no subs)
This is a really cute video, but it was actually taken prior to the Sudirman Cup, and not the World Championship. The emphasis was on improving stamina (which accounts for the focus on running), and it was deemed safe to invite both the mass media and general public.
Another training camp was staged prior to the World Championship, but the content thereof has not been publicised. ... And, there will be yet more training scheduled on September 6 - 14, to prepare Bird Japan for the China Open/Korea Open.
In an attempt to raise the level of interest in the sport, the Nippon Badminton Association is staging Badminton Festa 2019 on September 1 in Tokyo (near Shinagawa Station). (https://fan.badminton.or.jp/feature/badfes2019)
The agenda includes a talk show, featuring Momota, Okuhara, Kamura/Sonoda, and Watanabe/Higashino. There will be a Badminton clinic taught by National Team OBs and OGs (Ikeda Shintaro, Imai Norio, Jinnai Kimiko, Hirose Eriko, Fujii Mizuki, Machida Fumihiko), Other attractions comprise a 'try-it-out corner' were visitors can test the speed of their smashes, etc., an exhibition and sponsor section, and the opportunity to enter a draw to receive signed badminton goods, and .... low-and-behold, the chance to receive an autograph in person!!
Thanks for the explanation! Everyone avoided eye contact with PJB to hide their laughter lol
Nah...Sindu was more like thinking how KM gets the attention but she's gonna surprise everyone by plowing through the WS
Definitely a well planned event for the media. Nice to see how players and the coaching staff interact out of competition. PBJ seems to be really chill with the players. Just wished NHK world would do something similar so it'll be accessible to fans all over the world.
I think this is training camp before Indonesia Open, not Sudirman Cup. Because before Sudirman Cup, they didn't have any outdoor activity.
You are right!! ... Sorry for the misinformation.
@kurako, how much noise was there in Japan regarding the WD podium presentation selfie fiasco during the playing of the Japan national anthem? And was there any report of reprimand from the Japanese team officials immediately after they went back to the warm up courts area? If so, I wonder if that had affected Okurhara's performance as she was about to come out from the same area.
The mass media hasn't picked up on it at all, ... there may have been a reprimand somewhere behind the scenes, but I don't know.
Yes, it is interesting that the same area was being used both as an entrance and exit for the players. Asahi TV showed the part live, where Okuhara was leaving, and Momota preparing to enter the hall. And, here, Momota looked momentarily taken aback by Okuhara's facial expression.
All I saw was Yuki forgetting about the national anthems and walked up to the podium for the group pic. She and Nagahara both realized the mistake after everyone was already on the podium. Honestly would be surprised if PBJ cared at all considering it was a Japanese player who made the mistake, especially when Fukuhiro just lost for the third time.
As for Okurhara, even if the team got a quick of lecture, she's way too experienced for something so minor and unrelated for her care.
Interesting. It was really awdward for all of us watching live in the arena, because the announcer requested everyone to stand, and it was a very respectful moment while the anthem was being played, and the spectators watched in silence, meanwhile all eyes were focused on the podium with the girls doing selfies. It was really the fault of the organizers who didn't give clear instructions on the procedure, only to have it corrected for the WS podium presentation, when everyone faced the raising of the flags while the anthem was being played.
I saw MatsuShida listed in Korea Open. Korea Open is not for Team A? I think their team sent them, not the national team. what was the Saishunkan's motive for sending them?
Although it's a 'Team A' event, according to regulations, the NBA has discretion as to whether to send 'Team B' players. On this occasion, it is the NBA that is sending the pair, and not Saishunkan.
What is even more surprising is that the NBA is sending Sakuramoto/Takahata (also Team B) not only to the Korea Open, but also to the China Open that precedes it.
Because Sakuramoto/Takahata were inside the top ten at the end of last year, they are subjected to the top committed players regulation, which will last until the end of this year, even though they are no longer in the top 10 list.
A little strange, because the team B registered in Korean Open is only MatsuShida, except SakuTaka who must participate at least 5 times on the 500 tour. Because MatsuShida have more potential? They participate in previous Singapore Open too.
What is NBA policy on sending players? I think Japan will not be short of good WD players. The only thing to watch out for is their single player, especially WS after AY and NO retire later.
There are only three WDs in National Team B: Sakuramoto/Takahata, Shida/Matsuyama, and Hoshi/Matsuda. Hoshi/Matsuda are currently ranked at No. 159, hence their prospects of qualifying in higher level tournaments are relatively low.
The regulations pertaining to the selection of players, as well as the sending of players to international tournaments are available at https://www.badminton.or.jp/national/files/rule_national_20181023.pdf <Japanese only>. Item one of the criteria pertaining to the sending of players to international tournaments stipulates that, whilst entry to 500 Tours is restricted to national team A players, national team B players may enter, provided that approval has been given by the National Team Performance Division.
As for discerning whether players have been sent by the NBA or their corporate teams: The NBA is under an obligation to provide a list of players due to enter a given tournament, and it does so on its website. Where these players are officially sent by the NBA, the word 派遣 (despatch) is used at the top of the list. By contrast, where players are self-financed (or financed by their corporate team), the word 参加 (participation) is used instead. The list for the China Open/Korea Open is available at: https://www.badminton.or.jp/docs/20190827_chukan__haken.pdf <Japanese only>.
Incidentally, self-financed participation is usually only permitted to tournaments classed 300, or below.
Near Japan, less money paid. ^-^