It was early in the week and I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home. By the Thursday I was on a flight to Japan from the UK for a long weekend in Tokyo.
I’m renowned for taking up random opportunities but even for me this was an odd one.
My work colleague at a sport magazine read aloud a Facebook post.
A sport agent she knew was heading to Tokyo for the World Gymnastics Championship and was offering someone a free flight in exchange for that person paying for his accommodation.
She laughed. Then looked at me.
‘Jo… no. No…’
A few hours later and it was sorted. I was on my way.
Just seven months after the apocalyptic tsunami crushed Japan, the country was holding two major sporting events over one October weekend – the Formula One circus being the other.
Unbelievably the Japanese were ready, the continuation of the events vital for the economy and heart and soul of the people.
And man oh man, the fact that one of the best gymnasts the world has ever seen, Kohei Uchimura, is Japanese and was going for a history-making third consecutive individual all-around title, well it was enough to give you the mother of all goosebumps.
I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.For more Event Flogs click here to head to our playlist at Sports Liberated TV.
Kohei on Twitter (’tis in Japanese, naturally, but there are some pictures!)
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