Japanese first lady and the Sports Agency commissioner handed sports equipment to underprivileged children through Sport for Tomorrow
Japanese first lady, Mrs. Akie Abe, and the first commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency, Mr. Suzuki handed sports equipment to children in Africa and Rio respectively through the Sport for Tomorrow programme.
On August 26th, Mrs. Akie Abe visited the Moyo Children Centre in Thika, Kenya and handed thirty soccer balls to the children one by one, while her husband, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attended the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The centre is a non-governmental organisation founded and run by a Japanese woman to support children in need.
The children introduced themselves and told about their dreams for the future to Mrs. Abe, and asked her about Japan. Mrs. Abe also played a Japanese traditional game and planted a commemorative tree with them during her visit.
This donation became a reality with the cooperation of the Japan Football Association which kindly prepared the balls at the request of the SFT Consortium Secretariat.
Meanwhile, on September 15th, the first commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency, Mr. Daichi Suzuki, donated 17 Judo uniforms and a set of boccia equipment to children with an impairment at the Development Center on Disability in Rio de Janeiro suburb during the Rio Paralympic Games. The Kodokan Judo Institute, the NPO-Solidarity of International JUDO Education, and the Japan Boccia Association supported this donation.
Mr. Suzuki observed the initiatives for children with an impairment to improve their rehabilitation and physical ability through sports such as judo or boccia at the centre. He said, “These centres helped talent identification for Brazil team for the Rio Paralympics. We will discuss how to develop sports and the environment for the people with an impairment for the Tokyo 2020.”
Through the SFT programmes, we have donated sports equipment to developing countries since 2014, and supported more than 25,000 people so far, by connecting the organisations who provide the items and those who deliver them to the local areas.
As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are approaching, SFT will continue to contributing to various countries through sport, as well as further expanding the Olympic and Paralympic movements.
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About the Sport for Tomorrow Programme:
The Sport for Tomorrow programme is one of the Japanese government’s commitments to leveraging the power of sport and further promoting the Olympic and Paralympic movements to create a brighter future for people throughout the world. The programme aims to implement a variety of sporting events and activities that will engage over ten million people in over 100 countries spanning a seven-year period, culminating in 2020. This will enable Japan to achieve its objectives of providing assistance to developing countries, training future sports leaders at new international sports academies, and protecting both athletes and the integrity of sport by promoting global anti-doping initiatives. By 2015, the Sport for Tomorrow programme engaged some 1,096,000 worldwide people through its various activities.
About the Sport for Tomorrow Consortium:
The Sport for Tomorrow Consortium was launched in August 2014 in order to align the concerned organisations in both the public and private sectors with a common vision. Chaired by representatives of the Japan Sports Agency, the newly established government agency within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the consortium’s Steering Committee is made up of key members of the Japanese sporting community with the remit of making the optimal use of existing resources. The Japan Sport Council serves as the consortium’s secretariat.