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Blind soccer

Eigo Matsuzaki / Hajime Teranishi | TEDxTokyo 2014

Blind football is a universal sport that was originally conceived for the visually impaired, but can be taken part in by anyone through the use of an eye mask. The sport is gaining popularity in Japan, and the country will play host to the 2014 World Blind Football Championship, to be held in Shibuya in November. Eigo Matsuzaki was involved in Tokyo’s bid to host the tournament, thanks to his dream to “change society through blind football.” He now helps manage a sustainable non-profit sport organization for people with disabilities. In 2010 he started Supo-iku, a diversity program for children. The program is now also being used for corporate training and has helped promote awareness of the issue of employment for people with disabilities.