Special Lecture by the Chair of the British Council: Cultural Relations and the Olympics
October 24, 2017
On Thursday, October 19, Chair of the British Council Christopher Rodrigues CBE visited Keio to give a special lecture on the subject of the Olympics and Paralympics and how sport can be a great engine for change.
In his lecture, he went over some of his experiences with London 2012 and offered his thoughts about the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and how Japan can best maximize the benefit of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Rodrigues, who is also the Chairman of the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association, took the time to answer questions from students in the audience, and afterwards met with Keio University President Akira Haseyama, Vice-President Jiro Kokuryo, and Vice-President Naoki Watanabe. Also in attendance were two members of the British Council, Japan: Japan Director Matt Burney and Head of Education Chika Takahashi.
Keio University enjoys a close relationship with many institutions in the UK, including the British Council. Next month Keio and the British Council are co-hosting the Experience Japan Exhibition 2017 in London, and Keio’s Hiyoshi Campus will be the site for several disciplines for Team GB’s training camp for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.