Japan boost for student sport

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The programme is to foster global citizenship among people and in Cambodia. KT/Yeun Punlue

The Global Incubation x Fostering Talents (GiFT) organisation, Japan and the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia yesterday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping Cambodian students foster sporting relationships with Japan under the Japanese government’s sports project Sports For Tomorrow (SFT).

In September 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced SFT as a programme of international contribution through sports by his government in his presentation at the 125th IOC Session.

SFT seeks to promote sport to more than 10 million people in more than 100 nations until 2020, the year when Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic games.

The mission announced by GiFT is a programme to expand sporting values and the Olympic and Paralympic Movement to pupils and students in Cambodia.

Secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia Vath Chamroeun backed the initiative at a joint press conference yesterday.

“This is a well-organised sporting programme designed to inspire sports in developing countries. This promotional programme is also fully supported by Thong Khon, chairman of the NOCC.

“For Sport For Tomorrow we see that there are many positive effects, especially the promotion of sports.

“All Cambodian youths and students can learn from Japanese students very well and in the future, the contribution to the development of both national and international sports will prove to be beneficial to us as we look towards the 2023 SEA Games.”

Royal University of Phnom Penh student Nob Hour who attended the press conference was appreciative of the initiative: “This programme is good for students.

“Sharing of knowledge and experience will help Cambodians to emulate the success of Japan.”

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