KONAMI held a press conference today announcing that two gymnasts of global renown, Kohei Uchimura, a Beijing Olympics medalist, and Koji Yamamuro, an Artistic Gymnastics World Champion and also a medalist, would be joining the Konami Group.
Both are set to work at Konami Sports & Life Co., Ltd. and will train as KONAMI Gymnastics Team athletes in hopes of winning the gold in the 2011 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships as well as the 2012 London Olympics.
Uchimura competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, winning a silver medal in men's all-around gymnastics. He also worked with KONAMI Gymnastics Team member Makoto Okiguchi to bring home a silver medal in the men’s team. And at last year's Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, he became the first Japanese competitor to win back-to-back medals in the men’s all-around, cementing his status as a world-class gymnast.
Yamamuro took the men's all-around title at the 2008 Asian Athletics Championships and together with Uchimura, his fellow classmate at Nippon Sport Science University, won a silver medal in the men's team at last year's Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
At the press conference, Uchimura said he chose KONAMI because it had everything he needed to aim for the top, including the best training environment and instruction. When asked about his plans for the future, Yamamuro replied both he and Uchimura intend to help each other push their limits and improve together.
In addition to its many other training facilities across the country, KONAMI is the proud owner of a full gymnastics training environment, including a gym devoted solely to gymnastics located in Soka City (Saitama Prefecture). KONAMI also boasts a multitude of coaches and trainers with solid credentials?many having trained members of the Japanese national team. KONAMI Gymnastics Team members, in particular, have performed impressively at the international level countless times. Of the six Japanese competitors in last year’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, three were from KONAMI.
KONAMI Gymnastics Team coach Hiroyuki Kato welcomed the new members, expressing his desire to train even more talented athletes to be key leaders of the Japanese gymnastics world.
KONAMI pledges its continued support to the future of Japanese gymnastics through each and every one of its team members' accomplishments.
Kohei Uchimura (left) and Koji Yamamuro (right).
|Born: January 3, 1989
Birthplace: Nagasaki Prefecture
Attending Nippon Sport Science University
2008 Beijing Olympics: Silver Medal, Men's All-Around Gymnastics
2009 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: Gold Medal, Men's All-Around Gymnastics
2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: Gold Medal, Men's All-Around Gymnastics
2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: Silver Medal, Men's Team Gymnastics
|Born: January 17, 1989
Birthplace: Ibaraki Prefecture
Height/Weight: 158 cm/58kg
Attending Nippon Sport Science University
2008 Asian Athletics Championships: Men’s All-Around Gymnastics Title
2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: Silver Medal, Men’s Team Gymnastics
|Representative:||President, Representative Director Kagemasa Kozuki|
|Paid in Capital:||JPY 47,399 million (as of March 31, 2010)|
|Employees (Consolidated):||5,708 (as of March 31, 2010)|
|Overview:||A pure holding company of the Konami Group engaged in the following businesses of digital entertainment, health, fitness, as well as gaming and systems.|
|Primary group companies:||Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd., Konami Gaming, Inc., Konami Sports & Life Co., Ltd.|
Konami Sports & Life Co., Ltd.
|Representative:||President, Representative Director Fumiaki Tanaka|
|Paid in Capital:||JPY 13,000 million (as of March 31, 2010)|
|Employees:||1,506 (as of March 31, 2010)|
|Overview:||A Konami Group company operating the largest chain of sports clubs in Japan (210 directly managed clubs and 148 contracted clubs as of September 30, 2010). Also designs, manufactures, and sells fitness equipment and health-related products. Since 2005, the company has worked as a JOC-certified athlete support center for the JOC’s High Performance Program.|