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Signing of the 2020 Pre-Olympic and Paralympic Games Training Camp Agreement

Update:Feb. 16, 2016

On February 8, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) to use sports facilities in the cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki and at Keio University in the lead-up to the 32nd Olympic Games (2020 Tokyo). The signing ceremony, held at the Ajinomoto National Training Center in Kita-ku, Tokyo, was attended by Keio President Atsushi Seike, BOA Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe, JOC President Mr. Tsunekazu Takeda, Mayor of Yokohama Ms. Fumiko Hayashi, and Mayor of Kawasaki Mr. Norihiko Fukuda.

As the moderator of the ceremony, Mr. Koji Murofushi, Executive Board member of JOC, presented an overview of the agreement and introduced the attendees and guests. This was then followed by speeches from the representatives. In his speech, President Seike stated: “I am truly delighted that Keio’s Hiyoshi Campus has been selected for the pre-Games training camp. This is an opportunity to reconfirm and promote the Olympic spirit of friendship and peace.” British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens also made an address, and the ceremony concluded with the signing of the MoU by each representative. An exchange of gifts took place at the reception that followed.

This agreement sets forth the general framework of the partnership and which sporting facilities are included. Team Great Britain will be using the Hiyoshi Campus facilities as its training ground, but for which Olympic sport, specific terms and conditions of use, and other details will be discussed henceforth and decided after the 31st Olympic Games (2016 Rio de Janeiro).

The signing ceremony
The signing ceremony
President Seike signing the MoU
President Seike signing the MoU

The signing ceremony (from left) President Seike, BOA Chairman Lord Coe, and JOC President Mr. Takeda
The signing ceremony (from left) President Seike, BOA Chairman Lord Coe, and JOC President Mr. Takeda
Exchange of gifts
Exchange of gifts

Photo: Aki Takematsu