On September 14, I received a visit from Kosuke Horii, who competed in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in August, representing Japan in the men's 4 x 400 meter relay.
Honestly speaking, I had not had much interest in track and field myself, but when it comes to an event in which a member of our company competes, that's another story. In addition, since the preliminary round for the men's 4 x 400 meter relay was scheduled to be held Sunday night Japan time, a perfect timing for TV viewing, I looked forward to watching the race.
Unfortunately, however, the Japanese team lagged farther behind the other teams than expected, and since Mr. Horii was the final runner of the team, I was able to catch only a glimpse of him on the TV. Still, I'm proud that a member of Sumitomo Electric competed in the meet to represent Japan, and feel sure that he has learned a lot from the competition. I hope that he will make an even more spectacular showing in future races.
While it is not easy to continue to train hard every day, such an opportunity surely serves as a big motivation for people to grow. Similarly, I felt that our company also needs some opportunity or system that will encourage employees and departments to work hard to achieve their targets.