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'Blind soccer' seminar held at Mainichi Media Cafe ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Japan national blind soccer team player Hiroshi Ochiai, left, and Japan Blind Football Association's public relations staff member Kota Yamamoto are seen during a seminar at the Mainichi Media Cafe in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on June 27, 2016. (Mainichi)

A seminar featuring instruction on how to enjoy "blind soccer" -- a game whereby players place covers over their eyes -- was put on at the Mainichi Media Cafe on June 28 in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

    Speaking at the event, which took place at the Mainichi Newspapers' Tokyo head office in Chiyoda Ward, were Japan national blind soccer team player Hiroshi Ochiai, and Japan Blind Football Association's public relations staff member Kota Yamamoto.

    The speakers explained the basics of the game, which involves using a ball that produces sound, and playing matches with five individuals per team including a goalkeeper who does not utilize eye covers.

    "Sighted individuals may also enjoy this universal sport as players, in addition to goalkeepers, simply by wearing eye covers," Ochiai noted.

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