Japanese Surgeon, Katsuya Takasu has fulfilled a promise he made, to donate $390,ooo to Nigeria’s Dream Team if they win a medal at the Olympics.
Dr. Katsuya Takasu on Saturday night gave bronze winners Nigeria $300,000 after they defeated Honduras 3-2 in the losers’ final.
He became a fan of the Nigerian side after they arrived five hours to the game against his home country, Japan, and still beat them five goals to four.
The Dream Team VI contingent had great difficulty during their stay at the training camp in Atlanta.
They got air-lifted barely hours to their first game, and then arrived the Olympics five hours before their match against Japan.
Coach Samson Siasia’s team, despite the funding challenges they had, even while in Rio still persevered.
Dream Team Receive $300k From Japanese Surgeon
They won their first two matches against Japan and Sweden to qualify for the quarterfinals.
They then defeated Denmark 2-0 in the quarterfinals, to face Germany in the semis.
The dream was however cut short for Nigeria’s Dream Team VI as they lost, quite sadly, to Germany 2-0 in the semifinals.
With their Bronze medal victory over Honduras, the players and crew of Dream Team VI all received a cheque of $10,000 each from Japanese Dr. Takasu.
The excited Doctor shared photos of himself with members of the team, as well as with the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.
Dr. Katsuya Takasu is a plastic surgeon based in Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Takasu is a member of Japan Medical Association, Japan Society of Aesthetic Surgery, Japanese Association of Cosmetic Surgeons, Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
The 71-year-old doctor is a renown philanthropist, sports enthusiast, and golfer with a Guinness World Record .