translated by Brett Larner
On June 30 the Memolead Group wedding and funeral ceremony management and production company based in Seihi Nagayomachi held a press conference to announce its sponsorship of a new women's athletics team. It is the first new women's corporate team to be based in Nagasaki since the launch of the Juhachi Ginko team two years ago.
Appearing at the press conference in Nagasaki were corporate representatives and new head coach Yuki Mori. Mori joined Memolead the year before last and, remaining active as a runner, captained the Nagasaki prefecture team at last year's final Grand Tour Kyushu ekiden. Based on his performance and leadership there, corporate management took an interest and agreed to fund a new women's team. The team will focus on women interested in the marathon and other long distances.
With a planned team start date at the beginning of the new fiscal year next April, Mori intends to retire from his current position by the end of the current year to take on the head coach's duties. "My aim is to develop athletes who will go from Memolead to the national team," he said of his goals. Senior Managing Director Kosei Fukuda commented, "As Nagasaki prefecture looks far ahead to the Tokyo Olympics, we want to do our part to help the development of the athletics world." The new team's scouting activities before April will focus on young, developing athletes, with a planned initial lineup of at least three runners.