Yoichi Itokazu

Further Personal Information
Residence
Kita, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Police Officer
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Humanities, Science - Nihon University: Tokyo, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in grade eight of middle school, and then began weightlifting seriously at Tomishiro High School in Okinawa, Japan.
Club / Team
Metropolitan Police Department : Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Tetsuo Komiyama [national], JPN; Yoshinobu Miyake [personal], JPN
International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Goyang, KOR
General Interest
Nicknames
Star of a Tiny Island (sanspo.com, 14 Apr 2012)
Hobbies
Climbing. (ritokei.com, 09 Apr 2017)
Hero / Idol
Japanese weightlifter Yoshinobu Miyake. (mainichi.jp, 22 Jan 2018)
Injuries
In 2019 he sustained an injury to his right shoulder at the 2019 Asian Championships in Ningbo, People's Republic of China. (number.bunshun.jp, 15 Jul 2019; sanspo.com, 06 Jul 2019)

In 2018 he was troubled by persistent back pain. (ryukyushimpo.jp, 05 Sep 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Big Sports Olympic Encouragement Award at the 52nd Asahi TV Big Sports Awards in Japan. (tvguide.or.jp, 12 Nov 2018)

In 2016 he was given an Excellence Award by the Japan Weightlifting Association. (sanyonews.jp, 19 Mar 2017)

He received a Governor's Award at the 2013 Tokyo Sports Festival in Japan. (ryukyushimpo.jp, 09 Nov 2013)

He received an Excellence Award at the 2010 Okinawa Amateur Sports Association Awards in Japan. (okinawakentaikyo.com, 2010)
Milestones
He became the first Japanese male weightlifter in 33 years to win a medal at the world championships when he claimed silver in the 62kg category at the 2017 edition of the tournament in Anaheim, CA, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Aug 2018)
Famous relatives
His younger sister Kanako represented Japan in weightlifting at the 2016 Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Oct 2018; sanspo.com, 14 Apr 2012)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (mainichi.jp, 22 Jan 2018; number.bunshun.jp, 15 Jul 2019)

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