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Ski jumper Taku Takeuchi devotes his bronze to people with Churg-Strauss syndrome

February 18, 2014, 10:23 UTC+3 SOCHI
The Japanese athlete said he was suffering from asthma three years ago, which developed into Churg-Strauss syndrome as a result of a complication
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SOCHI, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Japan’s ski jumper Taku Takeuchi, who won the team ski jumping bronze on Monday, said he had devoted his performance at the Sochi Olympic Games to all other people suffering from Churg-Strauss syndrome.

The Japanese athlete said he was suffering from asthma three years ago, which developed into Churg-Strauss syndrome as a result of a complication. The disease is characterized by allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma and eosinophilia, hitting most often skin and the respiratory system, though any system of organs may be involved.

“It was not a danger for my sports career that concerned me, but my very life,” said Taku Takeuchi who could not fight back his tears. “I want to thank people who were helping me at that difficult period of my life and contributed to my success at the Olympic Games. I have managed to play my heart out here, and I want to thank my elder friends who helped me win the team bronze,” he said.

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Details on Ski Jumping, a sport included in the Winter Olympic programme. ITAR-TASS Infographics
“I don’t know whether I should have mentioned my disease, but there are other people who suffer from it. And with my performance here I wanted to demonstrate that they must fight against this disease,” the Japanese athlete continued. “This was my desire when I jumped today. I had to instill confidence in them,” he added.

Taku Takeuchi said his father had supported his wish to go on with sports, while his mother had been skeptical about the idea. “Once my friends brought a photo to my hospital ward, in which my hair was painted gold. By doing this they helped me to hold on and pursue my ambition,” he added.

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