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Akihito TANAKA

Football 5-a-side

Image: Photograph of Blind footballer Akihito TANAKA during a match.

Message to supporters

Thank you very much for your support. I am working hard on a daily basis so people can appreciate football 5-a-side (blind football) as an exciting sport instead of just thinking the players are amazing because they can play without being able to see.
I will try hard to be a player on defense who can play offense as well. I look forward to your continuous support in the future.

PROFILE

Image: Facial photograph of Akihito TANAKA.

Akihito TANAKA

Event:
 Football 5-a-side (Blind football) (B1 category)
Date of Birth:
 May 8, 1978
Hometown:
 Shizuoka
Height:
 162cm
My Favorites:
 Occasional holidays
Affiliation:
 NTT CLARUTY

I developed sight problems at the age of 3 years. While my eyesight was weak when I was at school, it declined in 2002. I began competing in 2006, and have been competing as a representative of Japan since the 2009 Asian Championships.

PURPOSE

Goals for this season

The major championship is now over, and it is time for a new start.
Although I am aware of passing down my experience to the next generation, I intend to get better and practice hard so I can be a great “wall” against the up and coming next generation of players.

RESULTS

Main achievements

2021
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games: Football 5-a-side, Rank 5
2020
KPMG Cup Blind Soccer Club Team Championships 2020: Advance to semifinal round
2019
KPMG Cup Blind Soccer Club Team Championships 2019: Winner
2019
IBSA Blind Soccer World Grand Prix 2019: 4th Place

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2019
IBSA Blind Football Asian Championships: 3rd Place
2018
IBSA Blind Soccer World Grand Prix : 5th Place
2018
17th AXA Brave Cup Blind Football Japan Championships: Runner-up