The Japanese volleyball player for many years in Italy (now in Milan), talks about his Olympics as a proud protagonist of his country
In Italy Yuki Ishikawa has become a character since he landed in Modena a few years ago. Today he is an established player from Milan, but obviously dreams big with his national team on the eve of the Olympic tournament.
How does Yuki see Japan in this Olympics as a men’s team?
“We are very honored to have been selected as 12 finalists for the Games. We are the best players in Japan and our team members are skilled and experienced between 19 and 36 years old. I’m the only player who has played abroad, so I’d like to share my experience and strengthen our team. ”
How was the experience of the Rimini bubble?
“It was very useful for me to imagine the Olympics. We were only allowed to move between the hotel and the venue. It was a bit stressful, but we have to face the same situation in Tokyo too. So it was a good practice for me to check and manage myself before participating in the Games.
How do you expect the Games?
“First of all, we expect to give our all and win many games. I also believe that the performance and results of us athletes will bring more smiles and enlighten the world and lead people and society to move forward. This is another goal for which I like to be at the Olympics this year ”. –
There are Japanese people who would not want the Olympics today, what do you think?
“I think it’s natural that there are both ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ as the Olympics have a big impact. I have heard that currently 60% of Japanese citizens are against it. It’s a shame, but they are NOT denying the Olympics or the sport itself. They complain of having such a large international event under the pandemic without rigorous and thorough infection prevention (towards politics rather than sport). So it seems quite difficult to change their mind, but I hope the Olympics still bring something positive in their minds not only “for” but also “against”, and we will share and appreciate the value of sport and international friendship in the future. “
There will be no spectators. “Honestly, I wanted a lot of foreign spectators to come and visit Tokyo and enjoy the Olympics and our country / culture. So I feel very sad about it, but I still want them to watch the Olympics on TV in their country too and visit Japan next time.
There will be restrictions in the Village. How do you imagine it?
“We have to follow the rules to prevent infection and achieve our goals.”
July 21, 2021 (change July 21, 2021 | 13:05)
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