Ikee 29th return “I want to enjoy the race I’ve been waiting for” August 28 13:12
Ikee Kako, a competitive swimmer who is aiming to return to competition from leukemia, expressed her enthusiasm ahead of her first race in about a year and seven months on the 29th, “It’s the race I’ve been waiting for, so I want to enjoy it while cherishing my desire to compete as a competitor.”
After announcing his leukemia, Ikee left the hospital in December last year after being hospitalized for about 10 months and resumed training.
From March this year, they will practice at the pool and prepare for their return to competition, and on the 29th, they will participate in the women’s 50-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Special Swimming Tournament at Tokyo’s Tokyo International Swimming Stadium.
It will be the first time Ikee has participated in the race in about a year and seven months since January last year, just before announcing leukemia.
Ikee made a comment before the race and said, “It’s the race I’ve been waiting for, so I want to enjoy it while cherishing the feeling of competing as a competitor. I’ve been feeling uneasy every day, so I want people who are fighting against illness and who always support me to see my race and have positive feelings.”
In the women’s 50-meter freestyle, Ikee, who has a Japanese record of 24.21 seconds, said, “I think it’s a place to check my ability that I’ve been practicing for the past few months,” and showed her willingness to “look forward to seeing what kind of self I can show.”
Ikee’s most recent goal is to compete in the Japan Student Championship in October, and in order to do so, it is necessary to break the standard record of 26.86 seconds in this tournament.