Hiroaki Takao

Further Personal Information
Occupation
Armed Forces, Athlete
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Business Management - Kyushu International University: Kitakyushu, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began weightlifting in grade 10 at high school in Hyuga, Japan.
Why this sport?
He was invited to join the weightlifting team at his high school by coach Koichi Akaboshi.
Club / Team
Japan Self-Defence Force [JSDF] Physical Training School: Japan
Name of coach
Noriaki Horikoshi [club], JPN; Tetsuo Komiyama [national], JPN
International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Japan
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing video games, watching movies. (Instagram profile, 27 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
His coach from high school, Koichi Akaboshi. (yukan-daily.co.jp, 06 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
He received the Kitakyushu Citizen Sports Award in Japan in 2013, 2014 and 2019. (city.kitakyushu.lg.jp, 29 Mar 2015, 06 Mar 2019; kiu.ac.jp, 14 Feb 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sanspo.com, 29 Nov 2017)

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