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2018 Ambassador

Badminton
YONEKURA KANAKO
Profile
1998
Bangkok Asian Championship
Women's Singles Champion
2000
Representative to Sydney Olympics
2004
Representative to Athens Olympics
2005
All Japan Championship
Women's Singles Champion

Message

I am delighted to welcome participants from cities all over Asia to Tokyo. Thank you very much for making the long journey to be here.
Team competitions are always great fun, but the pressure can be intense. I hope that all the athletes will take this an opportunity to play their very best and improve their performance even further.
And I look forward to seeing them deepen their friendship through intercultural exchange, put their skills built through daily practice to use, and achieve their goals for these Games.
I would like to express my deepest appreciation to everyone whose efforts enabled us to hold these Games during the crucial junior period of athletes’ development. As an Ambassador, I will do my utmost to make these Games fruitful and rewarding for all. To all the athletes: Give it your all!