Yuma Yamazaki prepared to overwhelm Tokyo 2020

Yuma Yamazaki prepared to overwhelm Tokyo 2020

Subsequent to returning an amazing strike shot during a preparation practice, Yuma Yamazaki twirls around in her wheelchair.

“In the event that you see somebody whirling around in a wheelchair, that is me,” she chuckled.

Yamazaki is likewise the world’s No.1 Para badminton pairs player and could be the main medallist in Para badminton at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with the game making its introduction.

Yamazaki found badminton in her second year of grade school and selected a middle school which was solid in the game. She became energetic about badminton yet stopped the game in her third year of middle school when she believed she was unable to turn into a hero.

Then, at that point, in her first year of senior secondary school, Yamazaki’s life changed when she was associated with an auto collision.

“As a matter of fact, I don’t recollect that anything about the mishap. I was as yet a minor, and my folks decided not to inform me concerning the subtleties, but rather I discovered that I’d lost all inclination in my lower body because of a spinal physical issue and got myself unfit to remain all alone,” Yamazaki said.

Notwithstanding, she was not simply the sort who might close away from the world. She applied for a permit to drive a vehicle, which had an exceptional manual gadget, and drove herself to her secondary school. She later went to a professional specialized school and afterward joined the Chofu City Office in Tokyo as a government employee.

She additionally got hitched and had youngsters and her life was moving along as she had arranged – until Para badminton went along.


After the introduction of her child in October 2014, Yamazaki found out about Para badminton’s incorporation in the Paralympic Games for Tokyo 2020.

“I out of nowhere told my family, ‘I need to play in the Paralympic Games’. My better half, realizing that I wasn’t the sort who might be happy with simply dealing with the kids at home, advised me, ‘Assuming you appreciate buckling down towards that objective, I’m with you’.”

So Yamazaki began planning for her rebound at court, and only four months in the wake of bringing forth her subsequent youngster, she secured silver in singles at the Japan National Championships.

While things were on a high, there was another difficulty.

“I had taken my more youthful child with me to Nagoya, the opposition setting, where he was hospitalized for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). He had contracted the infection on the excursion with me in the virus season. At his bedside, I was in agony about whether I should keep being a player,” she reviewed.

“On top of this issue, I was likewise planned to get back to work in April of the next year.”

Time passed by, and Yamazaki got back to work and her children were tried out a day care focus. She kept preparing in the nights, and her parents in law assisted with the youngsters. At ends of the week, she took her youngsters and her mum with her when she went to prepare. Her mum took care of the kids.

She was continually moving as a player, mother, and specialist, attempting to complete everything support from individuals around her. In any case, her ‘adjusted methodology’ changed in the wake of playing at the 2015 BWF Para Badminton World Championships and the 2016 Asian Para Badminton Championships.

“At the World Championships in 2015, Thailand’s Amnouy Wetwithan, my rival in the singles quarter-finals, wound up winning. It was a nearby match, where I had made it into the third game, so I was persuaded that on the off chance that I buckle down against her, I would have the option to take on the world.”

“However, following a year’s diligent effort, I was beaten seriously in the association match at the Asian Championships in 2016 by youthful Chinese players, leaving me a long ways from Wetwithan. I wanted to take care of business.”

Seeking TO WIN TOKYO 2020

Yamazaki’s longing for playing at the Paralympic Games formed into an assurance to arrive at the apex of the game.

Be that as it may, there was a cutoff to how far she could go in the event that she kept working all day and rehearsing just at work day evenings and ends of the week. So she settled on the choice to give up positions work and join an organization that upholds competitors. She found a new line of work with NTT Urban Development Corporation, where she could prepare four days seven days while going to the workplace one time each week.

In 2018, she matched up with Sarina Satomi, who is right around 10 years more youthful than Yamazaki, which achieved new powerful to her game.

The pair brags of their solid ‘revolution’ sets, which may appear to be a standard strategy in badminton, however an unconventional technique for major parts in a wheelchair. Since wheelchairs don’t move sideways, most groups utilize a one next to the other arrangement, where every player covers their space of the court. Nonetheless, the Yamazaki/Satomi pair turns unreservedly across the whole court, covering for one another any place they need to.

“Sarina is youthful and incredible, and has spryness in the seat. To help her vibe allowed to move around any place she needed to, I am prepared to cover for her from behind,” Yamazaki clarified.

“The more we rehearsed together, the more we became fit for foreseeing each other’s moves, which has brought about an all around composed turn between us.”

At the 2019 Dubai Para Badminton International, the pair fixed a triumph against a stalwart team from the People’s Republic of China. Then, at that point at the Denmark Para Badminton International sometime thereafter, the two players crushed the Thai group interestingly.

In the previous year, worldwide contests were barely held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, however Yamazaki and Satomi have been attempting to sharpen another weapon up their sleeves: their cross-court shots.

“In badminton, a speedy offense example of ‘crush, push and push’ is regularly utilized, however this isn’t a possibility for major parts in a wheelchair. In this way, as an elective arrangement, we’ve thought of an offense strategy whereby Sarina, with her fast seat work, hits a raving success as she returns up from the side, and afterward I turn in and hit back the brought shot back. This arrangement takes into account a speedier assault,” Yamazaki clarified.

“Notwithstanding, except if we are in amazing coordination, the strategy can likewise wind up in a fiasco if the return shot comes where Sarina has moved past. Along these lines, we’re keeping our fingers crossed, wanting to make this strategy our unmistakable advantage! I positively desire to show everybody our mix.”

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