Shozo Sasahara

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Shozo Sasahara
Shozo Sasahara 1956.jpg
Photograph of Sasahara at the 1956 Olympics, signed by him
Personal information
Born (1929-07-28) July 28, 1929 (age 90)
Yamagata, Japan
Alma materChuo University[1]
SportFreestyle wrestling
Shozo Sasahara (left) and Osamu Watanabe (top-right)

Shozo Sasahara (笹原 正三, Sasahara Shōzō, born July 28, 1929) is a retired Japanese freestyle wrestler who won a world title in 1954 and an Olympics gold medal in 1956.[2] He was the flag bearer for Japan at the 1956 Games. During his career Sasahara won approximately 200 bouts.[1] After retiring from competitions he worked as a national coach. His trainees included Osamu Watanabe.

Sasahara is credited with designing "bound tennis" in 1980, which is a form of tennis played on a small-sized court.[3] In 1981 he became the founding president of Japan Bound Tennis Association. Between 1989 and 2003 Sasahara was president of Japan Wrestling Association. For many years he also served as Vice-President of United World Wrestling (FILA), and was later named its Honorary Vice-president. In 2006 he was inducted to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame.[4][5]

Books by Sasahara[edit]

  • Scientific Approach to Wrestling. Chuo University Co-operation Press. 1960.
  • Fundamentals of Scientific Wrestling. Taylor & Francis. 1968. ISBN 0800208013.
  • FILA Wrestling Album: Free Style. FILA, Fédération internationale de lutte amateur. 1988.