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Japan's blind 'Tony Hawk' kickflips disability

Japan, Fukushima
February 16, 2020 at 12:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Blind Japanese skater Ryusei Ouchi plucked up his courage to overcome his disability and master skateboarding.

Ouchi showed off his skills on his board in a skatepark in Fukushima on Saturday.

The young man was born with normal vision ability, but was diagnosed with an eye condition at the age of seven, and his sight has degenerated ever since to the point where he needed a cane to navigate. At the age of 15, Ouchi decided to start skateboarding and wouldn't take no for an answer when his mother told him to give up the idea due to his illness.

"I still wanted to do it, so I asked again, then she bought it for me," he added proudly.

Ouchi said he loves "the pleasure of the moment" when he successfully learns and executes "difficult and painful tricks."

"I want people to have the confidence," said Ouchi, who added that "I hope that people who are blind like me will know about what I'm doing, and have the confidence that they can also do things."

Ouchi hopes that one day skateboarding will feature as a sport in the Paralympics, so he can participate. This hope might be realised soon, as skateboarding will feature as a new sport at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

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Blind Japanese skater Ryusei Ouchi plucked up his courage to overcome his disability and master skateboarding.

Ouchi showed off his skills on his board in a skatepark in Fukushima on Saturday.

The young man was born with normal vision ability, but was diagnosed with an eye condition at the age of seven, and his sight has degenerated ever since to the point where he needed a cane to navigate. At the age of 15, Ouchi decided to start skateboarding and wouldn't take no for an answer when his mother told him to give up the idea due to his illness.

"I still wanted to do it, so I asked again, then she bought it for me," he added proudly.

Ouchi said he loves "the pleasure of the moment" when he successfully learns and executes "difficult and painful tricks."

"I want people to have the confidence," said Ouchi, who added that "I hope that people who are blind like me will know about what I'm doing, and have the confidence that they can also do things."

Ouchi hopes that one day skateboarding will feature as a sport in the Paralympics, so he can participate. This hope might be realised soon, as skateboarding will feature as a new sport at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

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