Norimasa Hirai

Japan Swimming Federation Chairman Norimasa Hirai Announces Retirement

With just a few months left until the Olympic Games begin, Japan Swimming Federation chairman Norimasa Hirai has announced his retirement from the position.

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2020 Swammy Awards: Norimasa Hirai Snags Asian Coach Of The Year

We reveal the 2020 Swammy Award winner for Asian Coach of the Year, with a familiar name topping the list of worthy candidates.

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SwimSwam’s Official 2020 Swammy Awards Index

2020 was a really hard year for swimmers, and everyone else. See who made the best of it and are honored with our 2020 Swammy Awards.

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ISL Teams Name 33 to Coaching Staffs for 2020 Season in Budapest

Matteo Giunta returns as the head coach of Aqua Centurions for the 2nd season of the ISL, set to get underway on October 16th in Budapest, Hungary. (Abo

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SwimSwam’s Official 2019 Swammy Awards Index

Keep track of all of our Swammy Award winners here, with links out to full Swammy Award stories and honorable mentions for all categories.

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2019 Swammy Awards: Asia Coach of the Year Norimasa Hirai

It just might be the longest Swammy streak currently in existence. Norimasa Hirai has won Asia’s Coach of the Year award for four years running now.

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Kosuke Hagino Misses Out On Japanese National Team For 2019/2020 Season

The Japanese Swimming Federation has revealed its National Team roster for the 2019/2020 season, with two major names missing from the list.

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Kosuke Hagino Re-Commits: “With A Strong Heart, I Come Back To The Game”

At the office of the Japanese Swimming Federation President and in the presence of Kosuke Kitajima, Hagino pledges his re-commitment to competitive swimming with Tokyo 2020 in his sights.

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Black Cloud Lingers Over Next Week’s Japan Swimming C’ships

This year’s Japan Swimming Championships, the meet which serves as the nation’s primary qualifying competition for the 2019 World Championships, will have a black cloud raining overhead when racing begins on Tuesday, April 2nd.

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Olympic Champion Hagino Opting Out Of All-Important JPN C’ships

Japan’s key leader Kosuke Hagino has abandoned plans to compete at his nation’s World Championships Trials meet of the Japanese Championships next month.

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Hagino Halts Training Camp In Spain To Regroup For Japanese C’ships

Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino hasn’t quite produced the results for which he was hoping so far this year. He’s decided to withdraw from the Japanese National Team’s training camp in Spain to regroup and refocus.

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Head Coach Hirai, JPN Swimmers Hagino & Koseki React To Ikee Diagnosis

The entire swimming community was shocked to learn that Japanese swimming superstar Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia, just months after becoming the first-ever Asian Games MVP.

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SwimSwam’s Official 2018 Swammy Award Index

This month, we’re recounting the top performers and performances of the year 2018. Keep track of all of our Swammy Award winners here, with links out to full Swammy Award stories and honorable mentions.

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2018 Swammy Awards: Hirai & Umehara, Asian Coaches Of The Year

Along with Japanese National Team Coach Norimasa Hirai, Daiya Seto’s coach, Takayuki Umehara, earned our Swammy Award for the 2018 Asian Coach of the Year.

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Japan Reveals Stiffer Standards For 2019 World C’ships Qualification

The Japanese Swimming Federation has released high-level parameters surrounding qualification for the 2019 FINA Long Course World Championships, as well as a hint into the process to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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