07. September 2022  
Tokyo, JPN  
Artistic Gymnastics

Historic first senior gymnastics competition Japan - Germany

In fact, it has never happened before:
An official Friendly country Meet of gymnastics seniors between JAPAN and GERMANY!
"Real" age group seniors, between 30 and 70 years of age (!!) will compete against a Japanese age group selection on September 18 in the Tachikawa-Tachihi arena in western Tokyo. The first team members - all of them enthusiastic recreational athletes, some of them also former league gymnasts - who have succeeded in continuing to actively pursue their sport even in their personally certainly not always uncomplicated professional lives!
* Initiator and idea giver as well as Riegenführer is the German Jens KRUEGER employed for 10 years with a Daimler enterprise in Tokyo - former German 3rd federal league and Bavarian national league - which continues to operate its sport also in Japan, e.g. 2021 also with the All-Japanese championships actively was. Although the pandemic times have delayed this project by a good two years, now it's really going to come true!
The first German team members have already arrived in the Japanese capital.
On September 16, there will be a reception at the ambassador's office in Tokyo, and on September 18, the team will take to the equipment ...:

* The competition Arena in West Tokyo.


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   The SENIOR GYMNASTICS TEAM JAPAN,


... ... already convinces with attractive action pictures of their biographies and lets expect that the German competition guests must probably "warm up" or better: that one can expect an exciting competition !!
  Kyouzo WATANABE (76)  (Foto, rechts )
Japan's oldest competitor in this national selection was a multiple Japanese university champion in his youth.
Since he turned 70 years old in 2017, he has been Japanese age group champion 5 times in a row!
  Chiyozou SHINOHARA (66)
  Yoshinao KIMOTO   (61)
  Osamu TSUKEN   (51)
Takahide SUGAI  (34)

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* GYMmedia will report daily from Tokyo.


* More information on our German speaking website:
  www.gymmedia.de
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