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Kenya Karasawa

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Kazuaki Hoshino, Hiroaki Moteki

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport while he was in middle school, and began to compete in 2016.
Why this sport?
He first aimed to compete at elite level after he was inspired by Japanese athletes with vision impairments at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Club / Team
Gunma Prefectural Braille Library: Maebashi, JPN
Name of coach
Kazuaki Hoshino [personal], JPN, from 2016

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
Asian Para Games
Location
Jakarta, INA

General interest

Most influential person in career
Eriko Seino, who founded his supporters' club 'Karakenkai' in Japan. (Karakenkai's Facebook page, 21 Mar 2021; tbs.co.jp, 18 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
He carried the Olympic torch in Shibukawa, Japan, during the torch relay ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (gtv.co.jp, 31 Mar 2021; sports.nhk.or.jp, 31 Mar 2021)

In 2018 he was named an Excellent Athlete by the Maebashi Sports Association in Japan. (maebashi-taikyo.jp, 18 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tbs.co.jp, 18 Jan 2021)
Impairment
He had low vision at birth after sustaining a retinal detachment. He lost his vision completely at age ten in grade four of primary school. (karadanochizucho.info, 10 Mar 2017; bs-asahi.co.jp, 27 Feb 2021; tbs.co.jp, 18 Jan 2021)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He is a certified massage practitioner and acupuncturist in Japan. (kokugakuin.ac.jp, 14 Nov 2019)