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Japan captain ready to face the world

Erika Araki has missed the last few months due to injury but says she is ready to compete with the world's best

Tokyo, Japan, October 27, 2010 – Japan skipper Erika Araki believes she is ready to lead the host country into the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship after recovering from injury. 

The 26-year old injured her calf two months ago but has returned to Masayoshi Manabe's squad in time for the tournament.

"We, as a team, will do our best in each game," she said. "Having a strong mentality is very important. I had been injured for the last few months and gave my team a hard time, but I believe that my performances are getting better and I am regaining power in my attacking play."

Japan will also play Peru, Algeria, Costa Rica and Serbia in Pool A of the World Championship, which will run in the country from October 29-November 10.


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