■ Olympic Performances of Keio Students and Alumni
Keio University students and alumni, including Ryota Yamagata (graduate of Faculty of Policy Management), captain of Japan's Tokyo Olympic delegation, played an active role in the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020) which were held this year from July 23 to August 8 and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games taking place from August 24 to September 5.
Shoma Sato (Faculty of Business and Commerce) competed in the men's 100m breaststroke, the men's 200m breaststroke, and the mixed 400m medley relay, advancing to the semifinals in the men's 200m breaststroke, despite this being his first appearance at the Olympics.
Wakaba Hara (Faculty of Policy Management) and Miyu Shirako (graduate of Faculty of Letters) both competed for Japan in rugby women's sevens. While their team placed 12th overall, they put up a fight until the end.
Momoka Kinoshita (Faculty of Environment and Information Studies) and Yuka Momiki (graduate of Faculty of Policy Management) competed for Japan in the women's football event. While they were defeated in the quarterfinals, their performance placed them in the top eight teams overall.
Manami Doi (graduate of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies) competed in the women's laser radial sailing event for her third consecutive Olympics. While she did not advance to the medal round (finals), she completed 10 qualifying races and placed 15th overall, her best Olympic performance to date.
Hiroki Muto (graduate of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies) competed in the mixed team, men's team, and men's individual archery events. The men's archery team clinched their first podium appearance, securing a bronze medal for Japan in the event. The design and production of this podium was led by Professor Hiroya Tanaka of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies.
In the track and field events, Ryota Yamagata and Yuki Koike (both graduates of the Faculty of Policy Management) competed in the men's 100m event though, unfortunately, neither were able to break through the qualifying rounds. They both also participated in the men's 4x100m relay, with Yamagata running the 2nd leg, and Koike running anchor. Despite an impressive performance in the preliminary races, the team ultimately did not finish in the finals due to a failed baton pass.
In the Paralympics, Saki Takakuwa (graduate of the Faculty of Policy Management) competed in the women's long jump (T64) and women's 100m (T64), achieving her personal best time in the latter event.
Refer to the list below for event results for each athlete.
■ Olympic Initiatives by the Keio University Hospital
Keio University Hospital dispatched a medical team of 17 doctors and 20 nurses to offer their expertise in support of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympics at the Olympic stadium (new national stadium). Dr. Junichi Sasaki of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine led the team as Venue Medical Manager (VMO).
■ Hosting the Pre-Games Training Camps for the United Kingdom National Teams: "Team GB" and "ParalympicsGB"
Team GB and ParalympicsGB used the Commemorative Hall, Collaboration Complex, and other facilities on the Hiyoshi Campus to hold their pre-Games training camps, with Team GB training between July 8 to August 7 and ParalympicsGB using the facilities from August 13 to September 2. Over roughly six years since 2015, Keio University departments, the University hospital, and related organizations collaborated to prepare for the camps. Also, to alleviate concerns of local residents, the organizers instituted a variety of exhaustive measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including regular screenings and social distancing procedures. The athletes and teams who trained at the Hiyoshi camps performed well at Tokyo 2020, with Team GB winning 34 medals in 17 events and ParalympicsGB winning 18 medals across 7 events. Both teams expressed their sincere gratitude and have donated items such as training equipment as a legacy of their stay at Keio University.
- The KEIO 2020 Project
Comprised mainly of researchers from the Institute of Physical Education and students, the KEIO 2020 project was started in 2016 to create a student volunteer organization to support the United Kingdom's Olympic athletes when they held their pre-Games camps at the Hiyoshi campus. Following a preliminary trip to the UK to learn about British culture, the project members planned to create exchange events and support activities throughout the pre-Games camps. While the pandemic ultimately prevented face-to-face activities, the project members did manage to show their support by creating a welcome video for the incoming athletes, decorating the Collaboration Complex, and hosting online get-togethers with the representatives of the UK teams. They also created a barrier-free map of the Hiyoshi campus that was used by the ParalympicsGB athletes.
- Involvement from Keio University Athletic Association Students
From 2018 through 2019, Keio University Athletic Association students were able to interact with athletes from the UK through joint practices and public demonstrations in a variety of sports including swimming, archery, boating, artistic gymnastics, trampolining, taekwondo, judo, and track & field. Because of Covid-19, however, Keio students were meanwhile unable to directly interact with the UK athletes during the pre-Games training camps or even practice in the same areas at the same times. Even as their own training schedules were disrupted, students supported the UK athletes from afar by transporting equipment and watering the courts. Moving forward, the Athletic Association's Swim Team plans to host online events with the UK swim team.
A practice session hosted between the Keio University Athletic Association's Table Tennis Team and representatives from Japan's men's Paralympic table tennis team.
Makoto Ito, Yukihiro Iwabuchi, and Katsuyoshi Yagi of Japan's Paralympic table tennis team participated in joint practice sessions and matches with students from Keio University Athletic Association's Table Tennis Team on July 23, 2021.
Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020)
|Event||Name||Faculty Affiliation||Event and Result|
|Swimming||Shoma Sato||Student of Faculty of Business and Commerce||
Men's 100m breaststroke qualifications: 8th in heat 7 (1:00.04)
|Women's Rugby Sevens||Wakaba Hara||Student of Faculty of Policy Management||
|Miyu Shirako||Graduate of Faculty of Letters|
|Women's Football||Momoka Kinoshita||Student of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies||
|Yuka Momiki||Graduate of Faculty of Policy Management|
|Sailing||Manami Doi||Graduate of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies||Women's laser radial: 15th|
|Archery||Hiroki Muto||Graduate of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies||
Mixed: eliminated in first round
|Track & Field||Ryota Yamagata||Graduate of Faculty of Policy Management||
Men's 100m qualifications: 4th in heat 3 (10.15 seconds)
|Yuki Koike||Graduate of Faculty of Policy Management||
Men's 100m qualifications: 4th in heat 4 (10.22 seconds)
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
|Event||Name||Faculty Affiliation||Event and Result|
|Track & Field||Saki Takakuwa||Graduate of Faculty of Policy Management||Women's long jump (T64): 8th (4.88m)
Women's 100m qualifications (T64): 5th in heat 1 (13.43 seconds)