Japan judo instructors visit to help develop martial art

PORT MOREESBY, 23 SEPTEMBER 201R (THE NATIONAL) --- Five judo instructors from Japan are in Papua New Guinea under the “Sport for Tomorrow” programme funded by the Government of Japan.

Japan’s Ambassador to Japan to Papua New Guinea Mario Matsumoto hosted a welcome reception for the judo instructors from All Japan Judo Association and presented 100 judo uniforms (judogi) to Johm Jambert, president of PNG Judo Federation at his official residencein Port Moresby last week.

The five judo instructors are; Shinichiro Sato of Takusyoku University (7th Dan), Tomohiko Ichimaru of Kanagawa Prefectural Police (6th Dan), Kouji Kakamu of Aichi Prefectural Police (6th Dan), Hiroyuki Miyake of Hiroshima Prefectural Police (4th Dan) and Yuuki Kubota of Kantogakuen University (4th Dan).

The ‘Sport for Tomorrow’ progra mme was announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in September, 2013, as one of the programmes of international contribution through sports by the Government of Japan, in his presentation at the 125th IOC session.  

SFT is aimed at expanding sporting values and the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to people of all generations, including the youth who represent the future for a better future of the world, targeting more than 10 million people in over 100 countries, including developing countries such as Papua New Guinea from 2014 to 2020.

“We believe the donation of these Judo-uniforms will prove to be quite valuable for the PNG Judo Federation,” Ambassador matsumoto said.

The five judo instructors will demonstrate their skills through training alongside the PNG Judo athletes and coaches during their stay in Port Moresby and Goroka.

The Japanese Embassy hopes that all PNG athletes, including judo players and coaches, will play an active role contributing to the success of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This year is a significant year for the Embassy of Japan that has organised some Japanese cultural events to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relation between Japan and Papua New Guinea.... PACNEWS




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