9th-Grader Drury Scratches From Biwako XC Due to Media Attention: "I Don't Like Them Reporting On My Private Life"
On Mar. 3 Tsuyama 9th grader Sherry Drury withdrew from Sunday's Biwako Cross Country Meet. An attorney representing Ms. Drury made the announcement, saying that she is uncomfortable with the amount of media coverage of her recent races and doesn't know how to deal with all the people stopping her to take pictures and talk to her.
In comments made public by her attorney Ms. Drury said, "Because of all the changes since the National Women's Ekiden I can't train in freedom like I did before, and all the media reporting on me is wearing me out. I don't like them reporting on things outside my running, things in my private life that I've never talked about publicly like my studies and hobbies. Some magazine reporters have interviewed our neighbors and other people who know me, and some have even gone to my classmates' homes to try to interview them.
I don't want other people to have to go through that because of me. I'm going to keep running in high school. I want to try to keep getting better. I want to do that while living as normal a life as I can. So I'd like to ask the media and fans to leave me alone and not try to talk to me or shoot videos of me if you see me somewhere. The best support I can ask you for is to leave me in peace."
translated by Brett Larner