Paralympic qualifier Yoshitsugu Naka dies aged 60

Yoshitsugu Naka shoots during the World Archery Para Championships in 2019.

Japanese para archer Yoshitsugu Naka died at the age of 60 on 7 February 2021 having been hospitalised since November.

He had qualified a W1 men’s quota place for Tokyo 2020 as part of the bronze-medal-winning mixed team at the 2019 World Archery Para Championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. He was expected to make his debut at the Paralympic Games on home soil later this summer, following the event’s one-year postponement.

Naka, from Nara prefecture in the west of Japan, was diagnosed with triple-A syndrome at the age of 31. He started archery when he was 46.

The cause of death has not been disclosed however it is known not to be COVID-19. 

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