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Seko to Support Japan in World Cup Game vs. Cameroon

http://southafrica2010.nikkansports.com/news/p-sc-tp2-20100613-640972.html

translated by Brett Larner

The former star of Japanese marathoning and now director of sports for Team S&B Toshihiko Seko, 53, is in South Africa to cheer for his former classmate at Waseda University, Japanese national soccer team head coach Takeshi Okada, in Japan's June 14 World Cup game versus Cameroon. Seko and Los Angeles Olympics judo gold medalist Yasuhiro Yamashita recently held a send-off party for Okada prior to the team's departure. "Okada's a very straightforward, serious guy," said Seko in support of his old friend. "He's the kind of guy who sticks to what he believes and doesn't care what people say about him. I want him to be himself out there. I think they can win. I want them to make it a good game. If it doesn't go well I want him to repay their airfare."

Comments

Brett Larner said…
Final score: 1-0 for Japan. Seko must be happy.
TokyoRacer said…
And Okada too. No worries about the airfare!
hotboykevin said…
The world cup is way better than japanese runners.

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http://athleticsasia.org/index.php/k2-component/143-500-000-usd-prized-asian-premier-marathon-series-2017-18-launched-in-beijing

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