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Kazuyoshi Niitsu

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Ueda, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport seriously in 2018.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by a retired Para ice hockey player who stayed in the same hospital room, but he was too young to get involved in the sport. Afterwards, he was invited to begin the sport by Para ice hockey player Kumagai Masaharu. "At that time, I was playing wheelchair basketball, so I might have refused any offers. However, I made a decision [about the switch], because I still had the feeling that I wanted to play Para ice hockey."
Club / Team
Nagano Thunder Birds: Japan
Name of coach
Kenji Nobuta [national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General interest

Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at national level. He also played wheelchair basketball at club level in Japan. (, 16 Jan 2020;, 22 Mar 2019;, 04 Mar 2018;, 03 Nov 2017)
His impairment was the result of osteosarcoma which he sustained in childhood. (, 18 Apr 2021)