translated by Brett Larner
Hiroshima University of Economics announced April 27 that 2008 Beijing Olympics marathoner Tsuyoshi Ogata (38) has been named head coach of its track and field team following his retirement from Team Chugoku Denryoku after December's Fukuoka International Marathon. At a Hiroshima-area press conferece Ogata told members of the media, "I want to pass on the knowledge and experience that I've been able to develop in my career, and to bring my athletes up to be people who will keep looking upwards to the next level." Ogata left Team Chugoku Denryoku at the end of January and began focusing on his new work in February. "It was hard to leave," he said of the decision, "but you only live once. More than feeling like I've left something behind I view this as the chance to take on something I've always wanted to do." Ogata has not formally left the Chugoku Denryoku company, instead taking an indefinite leave of absence.