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TDK Hosts Youth Initiative at IAAF World Relays Yokohama 2019

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As part of the
IAAF World Relays Yokohama 2019
, held May 11–12 at Yokohama’s Nissan
Stadium, official IAAF partner TDK
(TOKYO:6762) presented the latest installment in its Rising Stars
Clinic, a unique initiative in which aspiring young athletes are given
the opportunity to train alongside some of the world’s leading track &
field competitors.

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TDK's Rising Stars Clinic gave young people a chance to interact with world-class athletes at Yokoha ...

TDK’s Rising Stars Clinic gave young people a chance to interact with world-class athletes at Yokohama’s Nissan Stadium (Photo: Business Wire)

The May 11 session saw three star athletes—Shingo Suetsugu (Japan),
4x100m silver medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; Nethaneel
Mitchell-Blake (Great Britain), 4x100m gold medalist at the 2017 IAAF
World Championships in London; and Aleia Hobbs (United States), 4x100m
gold medalist at this IAAF World Relays Yokohama —lead their young
charges through special coaching sessions and an exclusive stadium tour.

As well as hands-on guidance for stretches, warm-up exercises, and baton
relay practice, the 16 participants, selected from a local athletics
club and international school, were treated to professional gear checks
and a backstage tour for an in-depth taste of exactly what race day is
like for athletes competing at the highest level. The finale was a
4x100m relay race on the main track, followed by mock media interviews
in the stadium’s mixed zone. “It was so fun—a really great experience,”
said one participant. “I was thrilled to run in the same stadium as
these world-class athletes,” added another.

Rising Stars coach Suetsugu also expressed his enjoyment. “I was so
happy to hear these young people say how much fun they were having,” he
said. “I love kids, so it was a pleasure to work with this group. It was
great how their determination to win came through in that final race.
And besides winning and losing, I hope collective enjoyment of
activities like today’s mock stadium entrances will help cement their
love of running.”

Suetsugu added, “The Rising Stars Clinic gives the next generation a
valuable chance to interact with world-class athletics competitors, so I
hope it can continue for many years to come.”

About Rising Stars Clinic

The Rising Stars Clinic is a program unique to TDK that reflects TDK’s
communications slogan “Attracting Tomorrow.” It gives young athletes an
opportunity to interact with top-class athletes and see them compete at
the highest level in the IAAF World Championships. The program aims to
inspire young athletes to become the next generation of top athletes and
is aimed at students who have an interest in track and field.

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan.
It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in
electronic and magnetic products. TDK’s comprehensive portfolio features
passive components such as ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film
capacitors, as well as magnetics, high-frequency, and piezo and
protection devices. The product spectrum also includes sensors and
sensor systems such as temperature and pressure, magnetic, and MEMS
sensors. In addition, TDK provides power supplies and energy devices,
magnetic heads and more. These products are marketed under the product
brands TDK, EPCOS, InvenSense, Micronas, Tronics and TDK-Lambda. TDK
focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and
communication technology and automotive, industrial and consumer
electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing
locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South
America. In fiscal 2019, TDK posted total sales of USD 12.5 billion and
employed about 105,000 people worldwide.