Kodai Hayashi Achieves a Silver Medal
Kodai Hayashi, member of the Soccer Club and the Japan Men’s National Deaf Football Team, greatly assisted in obtaining the silver medal at the 4th Asia Pacific Deaf Football Championships held in Changwon, South Korea, from April 23 to May 7. Hayashi participated in all five games, scoring two goals and providing three assists. A silver medal at the championships is the best result ever achieved by the Japan national team. Looking back on the game Kodai said, “As this was my first Asia championships, I really felt the all the aspects of harshness and difficulty. This made me realize that there is still a long way to go to becoming the world champions and we are only going to get there if we can win under such circumstances.” The Japan national team is scheduled to participate in the Asian qualifiers for the Deaflympics, which will be held next autumn in Hong Kong.