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Ex-amateur star Ogiwara dies at 67

Jun 22, 2024 14:20 pm

  Former amateur star Chiharu Ogiwara died of cardiac infarction at a Saitama prefectural hospital, northwest of Tokyo, on June 20, sources close to Ogiwara said on June 21. He was 67.

  Ogiwara won the all-Japan amateur boxing championships for eight straight times (the Japanese record at that time), mostly at the light middleweight division, as a member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces Physical Training School.

  He won the 75-kg division in the 1983 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships and then took part in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the light middleweight division but lost in the preliminary round.

  After winning the silver medal in the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, Ogiwara hung up his gloves and served in various positions in the Japanese amateur boxing.

  Ogiwara suddenly fell ill due to cardiac infarction and was hospitalized at the beginning of May.

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