-I’m nervous.
-Of course! -Me too!
-Me too! The medal makes it scarier! “The medal makes it scarier”,
he says. You even sound scared. For me,
that’s the most terrifying. It’s not as bad
as last time, right? I was so terrified. You haven’t been this scared
for a long time? How scared? The same as when
we got the medal? Not that much. Naoki Tsukahara,
Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira,
Nobuharu Asahara. There are cheats,
there are athletes who doped. They were stripped
from their medals. The medal reallocation
for that fair sport, for that clean sport. This is focused
on the athletes who haven’t had that opportunity
to celebrate it. In May 2018, the International
Olympic Committee approved a new Olympic Medal
Reallocation Process. Following disqualifications
due to doping, athletes would now be offered
a range of ceremony options in order to best recognize and celebrate
their achievements. Sport is based on competition. Someone wins and someone loses. Track and field athletes
are rivals in individual competition. We are all competitive
with each other. For that one moment,
everyone has the same goal. That harmony shows
what sport is. It is its symbol. Relay is about the synergy
of four individual athletes coming together as a team. Since the 1996 Olympics
in Atlanta, I’ve competed
in the Olympic relay. We were never able to medal,
but we still pushed ourselves. The last time Japan won
an Olympic medal in a track event was in 1928. For me, 2008 was the last
chance to win a medal. It’s been a long journey to get here. Even though we’d advance
to the final heat, we never managed
to actually win a medal. When we won the medal, it was like a dream. When I received the medal, I couldn’t believe it. That’s why I was overjoyed. In 2017, after a re-analysis
of samples from Beijing 2008, the Japanese 4×100
men’s relay team was upgraded from a bronze
to a silver medal. Of course, I’m happy
about our medals being upgraded from bronze to silver. But, it’s not the result
of our effort. It turned out
somebody was cheating. To be honest,
there is a dark side of competition. Even 10, 11 years later,
cheating is still cheating and it’s important
to make that clear. 4 x 100 meter Olympic silver medalist,
Japan! Naoki Tsukahara,
Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira,
Nobuharu Asahara. I hope this ceremony inspires good sportsmanship
in the future. We embrace this moment
for all Japanese Olympic representatives
and world athletes. And we hope this moment
will be remembered as a symbol of fairness
and better competition. We are grateful to share
this wonderful moment. From today, we will live
as silver medalists. As silver medalists,
we will continue our legacy as honorable athletes. We are committed
to promoting fair and competitive track
and field. We hope you will continue
supporting us. Thank you very much!