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Koichi "Nishi" Nishimura (born 30 June 1973 in Kyoto, Japan) is a beach volleyball player from Japan. Nishimura began his career as an indoor volleyball player and played Libero for the Japanese National Team. In 2002 Nishimura switched to beach volleyball. He currently plays in "Winds" beach volleyball team. In 2009, Nishimura founded the environmental non-profit-organisation "Save the Beach".
Career and awards
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- 1998 – World Championships- Awarded “Best Digger”
- 1999 Asian Championships – 4th place
- Asian Championships – 4th place- Awarded “Best Digger”
- 1999 – World Cup
- 2000 Olympics (Sydney), Asian Preliminary Round - 2nd place
Japan All Stars Awards'
- 1999 All Star – Fan voting – 1st place
- 2000 All Star – Fan voting – 2nd place
- 2001 All Star – Fan voting – 2nd place
In 2002 he switched from indoor volleyball to beach volleyball.
- 2003 Beach Volleyball Japan - Runner-up
- 2004 JBV Tour, Tokyo - Champion
- 2005 Beach Volleyball Japan - Champion
At the 2006 Swatch FIVB World Tour, France, he won the 7th place and accomplished the unprecedented feat of becoming the first Japanese man to reach 7th place in a beach volleyball world tour tournament. The Japanese team was awarded “Most Improved Team” title.
- 2008 JVB Tour, Tokyo - Champion
- "特定非営利活動法人(NPO)Save the Beach(セーブザビーチ)公式サイト". Savethebeach.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- "People's Daily Online - Top Chinese seeds advance to men's beach volleyball semifinals at Doha Asiad". English.peopledaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
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