Reach for the Stars! Supporting Blind Athletes' Training in Laos
Side by Side meets Japanese men and women who live in developing countries, working on various problems with local people. Featured in this episode is Hane Hiroyuki, who coaches track and field athletes with disabilities in the Southeast Asian country of Laos. Hane, who has a disability in his left arm, was a para-athlete himself. Living in Laos since 2015, he is struggling to take visually-impaired athletes to world competitions. (This program was broadcast on July 2, 2020.)
Hane Hiroyuki trains a visually-impaired runner, teaching him how to use his body step by step.
Bounphet Thepthida is one of the athletes Hane coaches.