God of Squash
What made you start squash?
After that, I participated in the National Sports Festival. I won the final and got the match points ahead of the second-ranked senior in the world, but I lost the game. I cried with so much regret. I still vividly remember the scene.
I met squash after becoming an employed person. I went to the squash club after seeing a leaflet saying 'Why don't you try squash?' At a sports shop. I played against a coach who came to Japan from Australia to spread squash and lost a lot. I was terribly disappointed! I wondered, 'Why can't I win even though it's the same racket competition as badminton?' I hurt my pride. Then my heart ignited and I thought, 'Let's master squash.'
From that day on, you set a lot of records in squash.
My heyday was at the top 5-10 in the world. The manager of the world champion team said, 'Seiji Sakamoto is a talented person who can become the top three in the world.'
Please tell me the charm of squash
Even a ball that can never be hit back can often be hit back without giving up. It is also a big attraction that it is a sport that makes use of such an attitude of not giving up.
How did you balance your work and squash?
You are also promoting squash.
Since squash is a major sport overseas, I was studying overseas expeditions and studying how to make it exciting in Japan.
'How to expand the number of Japanese squash athletes?' 'How can we improve the level of athletes and motivate their rivals?' 'To make squash fans and everyone interested. What should I do? 'I have been thinking for a long time.
When I became the managing director of the Japan Squash Association, I wanted to catch up with the overseas squash world. We have built and implemented the current tournament outline, tournament rules, tournament standards, ranking system, point system, etc. by referring to the overseas tournament system and the structure of other sports associations.
At last, I think squash has become more popular in Japan. This wonderful squash is everything in my life.
I will contribute to the development of squash in Japan.
You will also participate in WMG2021 Kansai.
Of course, since I will participate in WMG, I will aim for a gold medal.