Already 77 years old, Hiroshi Hoketsu, a Japanese athlete, still practices horse riding every day to prepare for the Olympics.
Like many other athletes, Mr. Hoketsu suffered all the difficulties of an athlete’s life. From 2011 to 2012, he had not met his wife because he was busy training in Germany with his horse Whisper and the Dutch coach. He shared that living away from home is extremely difficult with older people. He felt he owed his wife patience and understanding.
The 2012 London Olympics is the third Olympics in Mr. Hoketsu’s career. It was a career spanning 48 years, starting in Tokyo in 1964, but interrupted by the time he retired to switch to pharmaceutical business.
After retiring from business with a living capital, the urge to compete on horseback made Mr. Hoketsu back to practice and won tickets to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, London 2012, and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Currently, he is also capable of participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, this Olympics was postponed because of COVID-19.
He shared that he ate what he liked and what he wanted to drink. People tend to think that he must have a special habit to play for so long. But his secret is just trying to live comfortably, enjoy life and do things that make him happy.
Out of passion, he practiced many hours every day. Then do exercise to ensure fitness and most importantly keep your body in balance.
Currently, Mr. Hoketsu is the oldest athlete to participate in the Olympics since 72-year-old Swedish gunner Oscar Swahn won the bronze medal at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. Currently, he feels his achievements are increasing. And this is the motivation that he wants to continue playing. His achievement at 70 years of age more than 40 years old. Perhaps it was because his weight was now lighter and the horse felt it clearly.