Alumnus Koyo Iwabuchi (graduating class of 2017, currently employed at Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd.) has been offered a place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, in the men’s class nine table tennis event.
Mr. Iwabuchi received his offer because he was ranked as the number three table tennis player in the world on the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Ranking chart, issued on April 1, 2020, and fulfilled the participation regulations of the world ranking frame, set forth by the ITTF.
Table tennis for the physically disabled is divided into “wheelchair” class one through five, and “standing” class six through ten depending on the severity of the player’s disability (the higher the number, the lower the level of disability). Mr. Iwabuchi was selected for the men’s class nine.
This is the fifth person related to Waseda to be offered a place at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
We hope you will all support Mr. Iwabuchi during the games.