Sport has the power to change people’s awareness
At a sporting event, people of different backgrounds and values put their differences aside and naturally come together, and this generates the power to transform society with its myriad problems. Sudo wants to leverage the power of sports to transform how society sees people with an impairment.
“I want to change the perception that people with with an impairment are pitiable. For example, in sailing, a Para athlete can compete under the same condition as any athlete and win the race. Weak or strong, can or can’t, they all come down to the individual. I don’t think it has much to do with whether you have an impairment or not, and I want to spread this awareness using the power of sport. I want to build a society where these differences really make no difference at all.”
There is a word “normalisation”, which means to promote a society where there is no material difference in lifestyle regardless of whether or not you have an impairment. Although this word has existed in Japan for the past 30 years, unlike in many countries abroad, it has yet to be realised here.
The Tokyo 2020 Games can be an opportunity to shed light on this situation. For this reason too, the Tokyo 2020 Games have to be a success. Start a virtuous cycle, beginning with yourself. This is what Sudo believes.