Sports in Japan – From Volleyball to Handball!
For the first time, the Olympic team of My Latest News Japan finished third in the medal count in the Asian Games. At the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, South Korea, the Japanese team won 58 gold medals and took third place in the unofficial team championships, behind China (94 gold) and the host country (93 gold).
Did you know that the 1964 Summer Olympic Games was held in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, one of the most industrialized nations on the planet? For the first time, Asia hosted the Olympics. Certainly, the selection of Japan was influenced by the country’s economic wealth. Only a few short years ago, Tokyo hosted the III Asian Games.
1972 Winter Games
Did you know- Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympic Games in early 1970? This Olympic event inspired the modernization of Sapporo, one of the most beautiful cities in Japan.
Did you kno that at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi (India), the men’s handball team won the silver medal, only behind the People’s Republic of China (gold)?
Did you know that in 196,4 Japan, Japan won the First Olympic Championship? By 1972, the Japanese senior men’s national team had won the second Olympic gold medal in men’s volleyball at the Summer Games in Munich, West Germany. In the gold-medal game, they defeated the German Democratic Republic 3-1. Nonetheless, twenty-four years on, at the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in the mid-1990s, the men’s volleyball team was eliminated. It did not qualify for the 1996 Summer Games in the United States.
Itt could not compete in the Olympic Volleyball Tournament for the first time. Two years ago, however, Japan, the local squad, had won the gold medal at the Hiroshima Asian Games; this team won the country’s only Asian gold that decade. In 2002, they secured the bronze medal, behind South Korea (gold) and Iran (silver). Curiously, the most Asian gold medals won by a national squad are seventh by Japan: Tokyo ‘588, Jakarta ‘622, Bangkok ’66, Bangkok ’70, Tehran ‘744, New Delhi ’82, and Hiroshima ‘944.
Did you know the Japanese government boycotted the XXII Olympiad because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan?
Asian Cup Football
Did you know that by 1992, the men’s Asian Tournament was won by Japan? In the gold-medal game, they dethroned title holders Saudi Arabia (1-0). Eight years on, it finished in first place.
Alejandro Guevara Onofre: Freelance writer. Alejandro is author of a host of articles/essays about over 220 countries and dependencies (and American States as well), from ecology, history, tourism and national heroes to Olympic sports, foreign relations, and wildlife. In addition, he has published some books on women’s rights, including “History of the Women in America” and “Famous Americans.”
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