Japanese soccer player Shiho Shimoyamada has come out to inspire other LGBT athletes to do the same ahead of the Olympic Games that her native land is going to host next year. Shimoyamada, who plays for the team SV Meppen in the German Women’s Bundesliga, told Japanese newspaper Asahi she was dissatisfied with the fact that Olympic sports (and sports in general) don’t work on LGBT inclusion on that level they should. “You don’t see the face of a LGBT person,” the 24-year-old said, expressing a hope that her coming out will create a positive message for her fellow LGBT sportsmen, sportswomen and non binary athlete, who struggle to find courage to open up about who they are. Shimoyamada decided that perhaps she could take matters into her own hands. She began working with Pride House Tokyo, a project aiming to promote awareness of LGBT+ issues before, during and after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics games, sharing her story in a video showing support for LGBT+ athletes.