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Saori Yoshida 1st to donate to recycling project for Games gear

Time:2019-01-28 03:01Shoes websites Click:

news business Japan Asahi Shimbun

Japanese women's wrestling great Saori Yoshida, who won three Olympic gold medals, won't be competing at the 2020 Tokyo Games but parts of her T-shirt will be there.

Yoshida, 36, who announced her retirement earlier this month, was the first to donate an item to a project to make new sportswear for Japanese Olympians and Paralympians: a T-shirt she wore at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics during practices.

Asics Corp., who will make the official attire for the Japanese squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, said it started the project on Jan. 24 to collect old jerseys and other items to clothe Japanese competitors.

Asics said it aims to amass about 30,000 used items, including those of other brands, by the end of May, and expects to extract polyester from them to use in thousands of official sportswear items, as well as sports shoes.

Those who wish to contribute to the gear can place unwanted items in a special donation box at the company’s directly managed outlets or sporting goods stores across the country.

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