Residence Kita, JPN
Occupation Athlete, Office Worker
Higher education Law - Hosei University: Tokyo, JPN
License number 29051997000
|Leipzig (GERMANY), 2017-07-20|
|Tokyo (Chiba) (JAPAN), 2019-06-13|
|Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2016-12-18|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age five.
Why this sport? He and his sister took up the sport after his father established a fencing club in Minowa, Japan. At the time he was interested in television shows about Japanese superheroes.
Club / Team Septeni Holdings [JPN] / Nagano Club [JPN]:
Name of coach Oleg Matseichuk [national], UKR
Nicknames Chiri Chiri (fencingfan.net, 25 Oct 2016)
Hobbies Yoga. (Ameba profile, 18 May 2020; Instagram profile, 18 Feb 2021)
Most influential person in career His father Shigeru, and Japanese fencer Yuki Ota. (king-gear.com, 19 May 2018; sports.yahoo.co.jp, 28 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol Japanese fencer Yuki Ota. (joc.or.jp, 16 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Where there is a will, there is a way." (Ameba profile, 18 May 2020)
Awards and honours In 2018 he received a Special Award at the ABN Sports Grand Awards in Japan. (abn-tv.co.jp, 07 May 2018)
Famous relatives His father Shigeru Saito competed in fencing at national level in Japan. (sports.yahoo.co.jp, 28 Feb 2018)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (victorysportsnews.com, 19 Feb 2021)
Other information INSPIRATION
As a primary school student, he was given the chance to compete in an exhibition bout against Japanese fencer Yuki Ota. "Although I was a little child, I could feel that he fought against me with all his heart. He taught me about the attitude a fencer needs to have. Moreover, I started dreaming about the Olympic Games after listening to his Olympic experience. That one day changed my view of life." (king-gear.com, 19 May 2018)
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