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    Junichi Kawai

    Kawai is Japan’s most successful male Para swimmer after amassing 21 medals, including five golds, over six Paralympic Games between 1992 and 2012. Amid his athletic career, Kawai also founded the Paralympians Association of Japan in 2003.

    Following Kawai’s retirement from the pool, he was appointed as President of the Japanese Para Swimming Federation. Kawai was also the first blind teacher to work at an able-bodied school in Japan. He is currently a motivational speaker, University lecturer and Vice Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission.

    “Being induced into the Hall of Fame means receiving honour with all the people who supported me, and also serve [an honour to serve] as a representative for Japan and Asia,” Kawai said.

    “All six Paralympic Games are unforgettable. But I clearly felt the passion of the Paralympics at my first Games in Barcelona,” Kawai added. “That experience and feeling of receiving each of my five gold medals are the driving force for me today to keep the Movement going [especially into Tokyo 2020].”

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