CORPORATE INFORMATION

WOWOW supports Paralympic athletes (athletes with disabilities). In addition to supporting their athletic activities, we are engaged in activities such as promotion of Paralympic sports by leveraging the experience they have acquired to date.

Wheelchair Basketball

Akira Toyoshima

210615_toyoshima.jpgAfter contracting meningitis at the age of four months, Akira Toyoshima was paralyzed from the waist down . Attracted by the fast pace of wheelchair basketball, he started playing with the team in his home prefecture of Fukushima, then was traded to the Miyagi MAX in 2009. The following year, he was selected for the Japanese national team and, thanks to his trademark speed, performed impressively in various international tournaments. He competed at the 2012 London Paralympic Games and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Since 2017, he has captained the Japanese national team, leading it to a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. He retired in October 2021. He joined WOWOW in April 2015 to continue focusing on wheelchair basketball. During the 2016-2017 season (October to April) and 2017-2018 season (same months), he played for Germany's Köln 99ers. Today, he is active in promoting wheelchair basketball through trial sessions, lectures, events, etc.

■Career highlights

◆Competed in three consecutive Paralympic Games
2012 - London Paralympic Games (9th place)
2016 - Rio Paralympic Games (9th place)
2021 - Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (silver medal)
◆Competed in three consecutive World Championships
2010 - Birmingham, England (10th place)
2014 - Incheon, South Korea (9th place)
2018 - Hamburg, Germany (9th place)
◆Competed in three consecutive Asian Para Games
2010 - Guangzhou, China (1st place)
2014 - Incheon, South Korea (2nd place)
2018 - Jakarta, Indonesia (2nd place)
2019 - Pattaya, Thailand (4th place)
◆Competed in four consecutive Asia Oceania Championships
2013 - Bangkok, Thailand (4th place)
2015 - Chiba, Japan (3rd place)
2017 - Beijing, China (3rd place)
2019 - Pattaya, Thailand (4th place)
◆Competed in the U23 World Championships
2009 - Paris, France (6th place)
◆Competed in 11 consecutive Japanese championships (with Miyagi MAX)

3-time MVP

■Related links
Official Akira Toyoshima Facebook page / Instagram account:tysmakira

Renshi Chokai

Team: Para Kanagawa Sports Club (Japan)

chokai_basketball_900x600.jpgRenshi Chokai was born with a disability in both legs, requiring his lower legs to be amputated when he was three due to defective tibia. Following an invitation from a school official when he was in the first year of junior high, he began playing wheelchair basketball for Sasebo WBC in 2011, soon standing out in the Kyushu area. In 2013, he competed in the Asian Youth Para Games, helping his team finish second. In 2015, after competing in the Mitsubishi Electric IWBF Asia Oceania Championships (Chiba), he established himself as a member of the Japanese national team. In 2016, while still in high school, he competed in the Rio Paralympic Games as the team's youngest player. He was then promoted to vice-captain of the Japanese U23 men's team and was one of the standout players at the men's U23 World Championships in 2017, earning a spot on the All-Star 5. He joined WOWOW in May 2019. He currently plays for Para Kanagawa Sports Club while devoting himself to training each day for the Tokyo Paralympics, with the aim of winning a medal. He is also engaged in promoting wheelchair basketball, appearing frequently on TV shows and in newspapers and magazines.

■Career highlights

◆Competed in two consecutive Paralympic Games
2016 - Rio Paralympic Games (9th place)
2021 - Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (silver medal)
◆Competed in the World Championships
2018 - Hamburg, Germany (9th place)
◆Competed in the Asian Para Games
2018 - Jakarta, Indonesia (2nd place)
◆Competed in three consecutive Asia Oceania Championships
2015 - Chiba, Japan (3rd place)
2017 - Beijing, China (3rd place)
2019 - Pattaya, Thailand (4th place)
◆Competed in the U23 World Championships
2017 - Toronto, Canada (4th place; selected for All-Star 5)

■Related links
Official Renshi Chokai Instagram accounts: chokaiwowow

Takuya Furusawa

Team: Para Kanagawa Sports Club (Japan)

furusawa_basketball_900x600.jpgWhile a sixth grader, Takuya Furusawa started using a wheelchair due to complications from congenital dichotomous spondylosis. The first parasport he played was wheelchair tennis. Then, after taking part in a trial session held at his practice venue, he began playing wheelchair basketball. In 2013, while in the second year of high school, he competed in the U23 World Championships. After being named captain of the U23 Japanese national team in 2016, he led the team at the IWBF U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship held the following year in Toronto, Canada, guiding them to a top-four finish and being personally selected for the tournament's All-Star 5. Next year in 2017, he made his official competitive debut for Japan at the IWBF Asia Oceania Championships. After graduating from university, he joined WOWOW in April 2021. He currently plays for Para Kanagawa Sports Club and is performing his duties as a new hire while also devoting himself to training for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, with the aim of winning a medal.

■Career highlights

◆Competed in Paralympic Games
2021 - Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (silver medal)
◆Competed in the World Championships
2018 - Hamburg, Germany (9th place)
◆Competed in the Asian Para Games
2018 - Jakarta, Indonesia (2nd place)
◆Competed in two consecutive Asia Oceania Championships
2017 - Beijing, China (3rd place)

2019 - Pattaya, Thailand (4th place)
◆Competed in two consecutive U23 World Championships
2013 - Adana, Turkey (9th place)
2017 - Toronto, Canada (4th place; selected for All-Star 5)

■Related links
Official Takuya Furusawa Instagram account: takuyafurusawa7