Having formally taken over as head coach of the Waseda College monitor and ekiden program as of June 1, on June 2 Katsuhiko Hanada held a press convention on the faculty’s campus in central Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. “I need to develop athletes who will symbolize Japan,” he stated.
In his personal days as an athlete at Waseda, Hanada performed a task within the faculty’s win on the 1993 Hakone Ekiden. After graduating he joined the SB Meals company staff, occurring to run for Japan at each the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Olympics. His teaching expertise consists of main Jobu College to its first Hakone in 2009, and serving to to discovered the GMO company staff.
Central to Hanada’s choice as new head coach was his former coach at each Waseda and SB, Toshihiko Seko, 65. After Hanada introduced his resignation from GMO earlier this 12 months, Seko referred to as him about his alma mater, which had completed solely thirteenth at this 12 months’s Hakone. Hanada went to look at the staff’s coaching. “Seko might be my ultimate in teaching this staff,” Hanada stated. “I need him to develop a staff that might be robust on the Hakone Ekiden,” commented Seko. “However greater than that, I need his athletes to change into individuals who could be internationally aggressive as people.”
“I hope that the athletes will really take heed to what I’ve to inform them, take it to coronary heart, and really feel the fervour behind it,” Hanada stated. “I am very motivated and captivated with this, in a great way.” Underneath his management, followers can stay up for seeing one in all Hakone’s most legendary groups regain its former energy.
translated by Brett Larner