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- 1 First ( Retired his career and became an athlete. Neko Hiroshi )
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First ( Retired his career and became an athlete. Neko Hiroshi )
On August 19th, 2017, SEA games, SouthEast Asian Games was held in Malaysia. Tabal won the women’s marathon competition, which was the first gold medal for the Philippines in the SEA Games. She hit a record of 2:48:24. While Neko Hiroshi who also joined the SEA Games, finished the race at a record of 2:42:24. Although his record was better than Tabal’s, he is a man. So, it’s not an impressive record if you just compare it to other experienced athletes.
However, he was not an athlete originally, but a Japanese comedian before. He retired his career in Japan as a comedian and decided to become an athlete in Cambodia in 2011, thus changing his nationality. He aimed to be a popular Japanese comedian at first, but changed his mind eventually since his jokes seem to be uninteresting to the public.
He couldn’t join the London Olympics even though he’s got the right to participate as a Marathon runner for Cambodia. After 4 years, in 2016, he got it and kept running to the end as a representative runner of Cambodia. He finished the race at 139 out of 155 people. He raised his both hands with a determined pose ‘meow’ while going toward the finish line. Then he was pleased to strike a victory pose.
When he reached the finish line, his humor as a comedian came back and he was able to entertain the audience. Although he didn’t make it to the top, he boosted the venue and fascinated the audience in Brazil.
Then this year, in 2017, he made a big impact on the SEA Games.
He was interviewed about the Tokyo Olympics that will be held in 2020 and he answered that ‘I want to be the person who can make the relationship between Japan and Cambodia better. It’s time to consider about it’
On September 12th, 2017, the Production announcement of documentaries, ‘NEKO THE MOVIE (temporary title) which will tell his life story as an athlete was released.
You can hear a conversation between two people after you play the sound. Answer the questions about the conversation.
Conversation 1You can see the conversation script after you click here.
He could earn money as a comedian. No need to change his job. It might be difficult to get money unless he wins his race as a runner.
Question 1You can see the question after you click here.
What was mentioned about Neko Hiroshi?
A. Representative players
B. Cambodian diplomat
C. TV presenter
Answer and Explanation 1You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned that ‘marathon runner as a member of the Cambodian national team’.
B, C, and D are not mentioned.
Conversation 2You can see the conversation script after you click here.
I think Cambodians will accept his jokes because his jokes don’t need talking, but just continuous moving while saying incomprehensible words.
Question 2You can see the question after you click here.
Which of the following is mentioned about Neko Hiroshi’s famous gag?
A. Say ‘Komanechi’
B. Push a hand with saying ‘Apo’ like Giant Baba.
C. Imitate animal sounds
D. Move around with black tights
Answer and Explanation 2You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned that says ‘Meow’ like cats.
A: It’s not mentioned and Kitano Takeshi’s joke.
B: It’s also not mentioned. Sekine Tsutomu copied Giant Baba’s motion instead. In addition, he didn’t push a hand like that.
D: It’s also not mentioned. Besides, the style of the joke is Egashira.
Conversation 3You can see the conversation script after you click here.
Actually, Neko Hiroshi also was not accepted by IOC, International Olympic Committee due to the reason I mentioned earlier. This was despite that he was elected as a Cambodian representative in the London Olympics. Four years later, he finally was able to join in Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Of course, he had to be elected by the Cambodian delegates again.
I was about to seek for the possibility of being a representative of some countries. But now I understand and I think I can’t do it.
Question 3You can see the question after you click here.
Why didn’t Neko Hiroshi participate in the London Olympic Games?
A. He was too small.
B. He hasn’t lived long enough in Cambodia.
C. He wasn’t elected as a representative at that time.
D. He wasn’t accepted by the IOC because of drug related problems.
Answer and Explanation 3You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned that ‘due to the reason’ and the reason is ‘unless he lives in the country for along time’.
A: It’s not mentioned although he was small.
(He is 147cm tall)
C: He was elected also at that time.
D: The reason is not due to drugs.
Let’s talk more!
Let’s talk about it with your friend.
How is the situation in other countries?
Ask your teacher or a foreigner about it.
What do you think about Hiroshi joining the Olympics and changing his country of citizenship.
Do you think his joke is funny? Why?
What sport and which country do you want if you have the opportunity to participate in the Olympics?