Sport has a phenomenal power to transform lives; it transformed mine and can inspire and improve the lives of young people around the world. Laureus Sport for Good isn’t about creating the next elite athlete, but using sport to address social issues and help the next generation. I’m looking forward to getting involved with Laureus here in Japan and helping them in their mission to use the power of sport tackle violence, discrimination and disadvantage.
Yuko Arimori is a marathon runner who won silver and bronze medals respectively at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic games. She became the first female athlete to be granted professional status by the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) in 1999. After retiring from professional sports in 2007, she has been serving as Representative Director for NPO "Hearts of Gold", President of Special Olympics Nippon, and is on the board of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations.