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Satoshi Osaki Apologizes for Olympic Marathon DNS

translated by Brett Larner

Satoshi Osaki (32, Team NTT Nishi Nihon), who withdrew from the Beijing Olympics men's marathon, arrived at Kansai International Airport on Aug. 25 after returning to Japan from Beijing. Osaki withdrew from the marathon on Aug. 23 due to pain in his left hip joint. Breaking his silence for the first time since pulling out, Osaki apologized, saying, "I'm very, very sorry that I didn't take a chance by starting the race." Osaki watched the Olympic marathon on television in his room in Beijing. Asked whether he'll try again four years from now, Osaki responded, "I can't think about that yet, but that kind of feeling is probably there deep down somewhere. I don't want things to end this way."


Roberto said…
"I'm very, very sorry that I didn't take a chance by starting the race."

Sorry to quibble, but that's not an apology; it's an expression of regret, and it's an expression of wholly self-directed regret. These guys are not sorry that they concealed their injuries/training problems and damaged the country's chances at marathon success (and fans' chances to see that success). They're just businesspeople, managing their careers to their own best advantage ...

Sorry to keep playing the same old tune, but ... sigh.

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