The “Asian Athletes Forum” was held on the occasion of the 30th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly by the OCA Athletes’Committee and the JOC Athletes' Commission on July 12. The Forum was chaired by Yuko Arakida, OCA Athletes’ Committee Chair and member of the Jigoro Kano Institute’s Working Group.
Dr. Mansoor S. Al-Tauqi presented an analysis of a survey on 1,000 Asian athletes in which they were asked to provide their thoughts on 4 areas of an elite athlete's career, namely, training environment, financial support, doping control and career transition. The IOC and WADA Athlete Committee members, Frankie Fredericks and Yang Yang, gave a presentation, followed by Japanese Olympians and Paralympians, Koji Murofushi (Gold medal in hammer throw, Athens 2004), Hiroyasu Shimizu (Gold medal in speed skating, Nagano 1998), Aki Taguchi (rifle) and Mami Sato (long jump).
Mr. Fredericks spoke about individual motivations for success in one's career and the significance of education for the athletes since sport widely impacts society and the development of human beings. Ms. Yang Yang mentioned about the power of sport to bring future opportunities with introducing her charity work in the disaster area of Shichuan earthquake in 2008. Mr. Murofushi focused on the theme that ‘sport unites us’ and explained how sport transcends differences, while Mr. Shimizu stressed the social responsibility of athletes and explained about his post-athletic, ‘second career’ studying medicine and sport. Both Paralympians Ms. Taguchi and Ms. Sato spoke about their thoughts on the power of sport and how athletes may contribute to society with their performance on-and-off field.
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