Daisuke Ikezaki23 January 1978 Hakodate, Japan
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympics - Bronze
- 2014 IWRF World Championships - Fourth place
- London 2012 Paralympics – Fourth place
- 2011 IWRF Asia-Oceania Championships – Silver
- 2010 IWRF World Championships – Bronze
In 2015, Japan upset Paralympic and world champion Australia to win the Asia-Oceania zonal championship.
Ikezaki is a classified as a 3.0 player, which gives him a lot of responsibility to score goals and set up plays for his team.
He had no trouble making the transition from wheelchair basketball in 2010 and has been a regular in the Japanese national side ever since.
Defensive transition is one of his main strengths as his pace alone can be too much handle for the even the best of defences, despite being almost 40 years of age.
His growing combination with fellow 3.0 player Yukinobu Ike is one of the most dangerous in the world and could lead Japan to its best ever result when it hosts the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Japan again finished fourth at the 2014 IWRF World Championships in Odense, Denmark, losing out on bronze to the USA, but made the wheelchair rugby world take notice after breaking through for the bronze at Rio 2016.
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