• Reuters


With Tokyo playing host to the next Paralympic Games in 2020, the members of Japan’s wheelchair rugby team, the reigning world champion, know they’re in a unique position to promote the fast-paced, hard-hitting sport.

The Japanese team clinched its first-ever world championship in August, knocking out reigning Paralympic champion Australia in a 62-61 nail-biter. The victory gave Japan a measure of revenge after losing to Australia in the semifinals during the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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