Japanese Paralympians arrive in Rio

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Wheelchair tennis players Yui Kamiji, foreground, and Shingo Kunieda arrive at the international airport in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Jiji Press RIO DE JANEIRO (Jiji Press) — Japanese Paralympic athletes, including two-time wheelchair tennis champion Shingo Kunieda, arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after arriving at the Brazilian city’s international airport, Kunieda, who is aiming for his third consecutive Paralympic gold in men’s singles, said that he feels the Games are set to start finally.

Yui Kamiji, a wheelchair tennis player aiming to win her first medal in her second Paralympics appearance, said that she wants to enjoy the atmosphere at the Games. “I’ll make best efforts to achieve results,” she said.

Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games, Japan aims to win 10 gold medals in the Rio Paralympics set to open on Sept. 7, twice the number for the previous event in London.

The Rio athletes’ village opened on Wednesday for Paralympians.Speech

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