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Thursday, 7th August 2008
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Former pro-wrestler to cheer on daughter in Beijing

A former professional wrestler from Japan is planning to defy orders to curtail his unruly behaviour when he attends this year's Olympic Games in Beijing.

Nicknamed The Animal, Heigo Hamaguchi will be cheering on his daughter, Kyoko, as loudly as ever when she competes in the women's wrestling tournament at the event.

Mr Hamaguchi could be regularly seen imploring his daughter to "Kial da" ("Give it spirit") during matches. However, he has now come up with a new war cry: "Zettai makenai" ("Never lose").

A Tokyo hip-hop quartet, Asia Engineer, has even created a song based on the phrase.

"I have been telling Kyoko 'Never lose' for 24 hours each and every day. It gives her energy," said Mr Hamaguchi.

In 2006, he was named as the head coach of the Japanese women's national wrestling team.

Kyoko Hamaguchi scooped a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics.



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