Out of my Control
Surfing will feature as part of a drive to make the Games relevant to younger audiences, after being included for the first time along with skateboarding and sport climbing.
The surfing competition will be held in Chiba, northeast of Tokyo and Igarashi said he felt he would be representing the sport as a whole.
“It’s such a big opportunity for us as a sport,” said Igarashi, whose backers include the Kinoshita Group conglomerate.
“That’s what motivates me to want to do my best and bring my best performance out and to win the gold medal not just for my country, Japan, but also for the world of surfing.”
Organizers have insisted preparation for the Games continues despite the spread of the new coronavirus, which has infected more than 200,000 people and killed over 8,000 worldwide.
On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee said it was not the time for “drastic decisions” on a possible postponement or cancellation of the Games.
Some athletes have hit back at the IOC for its stance, pointing to the cancellation of qualifiers and the impossibility of training as the world hunkers down against the virus.