24. July 2018  
Tokyo, JPN  
Artistic Gymnastics

FIG coaching expert Takashi Kobayashi passed away

The World Gymnastics Federation (F.I.G) informed on its website, that Takashi KOBAYASHI, a former Japanese national coach and also a FIG coaching expert, passed away on July 20. He succumbed to stomach cancer, nine days before his 52nd birthday.
Takashi Kobayashi was one of the Japanese men's artistic gymnastics coaching staff from 2003 to 2009 during which time he coached Naoya Tsukahara and Kohei Uchimura. He then served as Coaching Director of the Japanese Olympic National Training Centre, and was the National Coach 2013-2015 for the national women's team ...... a painful loss of theJapanese and  international coaching guild!
* In a last heartbreaking letterTakashi KOBAYASHI bid farewell to all his friends ...!