President Hosts Ceremony for Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games Athletes
October 5, 2016
Four Keio University students and alumni competed and flourished in various events at this year's summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Furthermore, Hisashi Mizutori, an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, was the coach of the Japanese men's gymnastics team that won gold in the team final. To honor their achievements at the Games, a ceremony was held at South Hall on Mita Campus on Thursday, September 29.
Applause erupted from the many students and alumni who gathered when Manami Doi (4th year, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies), Ginga Munetomo (3rd year, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies), Ryota Yamagata (Class of 2015, Faculty of Policy Management) who won silver in the men's 4×100m relay, Hisashi Mizutori (Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management) who participated as a coach, and Saki Takakuwa (Class of 2015, Faculty of Policy Management) who took part in the Paralympics made their way onto the stage.
Following a hearty rendition of Alma Mater "The Juku-ka" and an opening address from President Seike, the athletes and coach made short speeches. An interview session was then hosted by Daiki Tanaka, an alumnus (Class of 2003, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies) and current sportscaster for Fuji Television Network, Inc. During this session, the athletes and coach talked about what it was like for them to have competed at the Rio Games as well as their enthusiasm and excitement for Tokyo to host the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. They also answered many questions that were asked by members of the audience. The ceremony concluded with the singing of Wakaki-chi, the university's fight song, by all attendees.