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KUMAGAI Masaharu
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Japan   
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Office Worker
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in the sport in 2010 in Okaya, Japan.
Why this sport?
After his accident, he decided he wanted to compete at the Paralympic Games so his friends encouraged him to try the sport.
Club / Team
Nagano Thunderbirds: Okaya, JPN
Name of coach
Kenji Nobuta [national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
General Interest
Kuma, Kuma-san (, 20 Jan 2021; Athlete, 27 Dec 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Scoring a goal at the 2017 Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para ice hockey player Eiji Misawa. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Para ice hockey player Eiji Misawa. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Nagano Prefecture Sports Honorary Award in Japan. (, 02 May 2018)
His right leg was amputated below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2008. (Athlete, 27 Dec 2012;, 01 Nov 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 Team  
8 2015 Team  
8 2019 Team