Olympian from Nara Prefecture
Gold medalist in the men’s judo 60kg category in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, Nomura became the first judo athlete and the first Asian athlete in any sport to win the Olympic gold medal at three consecutive Games. After his retirement, Nomura has been devoted to promoting judo both at home and abroad. He is also a member of the selection panel of the Tokyo 2020 Games medal design competition.
“Hi. I’m Tadahiro Nomura, Official Ambassador of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay. I was really surprised when I learned that I was chosen for this role, but now I’m really happy. I took part in the Olympic Games three times as an athlete, and the torch relay is very special, not only for me, but for everyone who loves the Games and loves sport. I hope we can all get excited about the torch relay and end up with a big smile from the satisfaction that we hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. It is also my wish that the experience gained through the Tokyo 2020 Games will become a legacy for future generations, and will be remembered forever as a spectacular Games. So let’s build up the momentum together!”