“Road to Tokyo 2020 Coaching Course” was held -Vol.1
「Road to Tokyo 2020」is a MOU (memorandum of understanding) signed by the Agitos Foundation, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020), and the Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC).
Under this MOU, three organizations cooperate with the aim of developing human resources and expertise in the field of Para sports. Theis cooperation should become one of the legacies of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
As part of the cooperation , “Coaching Course” was held at the University of Tsukuba for 3 days from November 20th to 22nd, 2019.
The university provided lecture rooms, sport facilities, and other equipment.
Agitos Foundation, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese Paralympic Committee, and University of Tsukuba
3 days from November 20th (Wednesday) to November 22nd (Friday), 2019
University of Tsukuba
This is a coaching course (lecture / practice) taught by coachers from the International Federation.
A total of 42 participants from each Paralympic Committee in 16 Asian countries joined in the courses (Archery, Judo, Taekwondo, and Powerlifting).
Scenes from the course
The opening ceremony was held from 9:00 on Wednesday, November 20th.
Beginning with the opening address, “Road to the Games” project that the Agitos Foundation is working on was introduced by Mr. Jonas Oliveira.
After that, three representatives from the host organizations in Japan gave welcome addresses to the participants. And the course educators were introduced.
Mr. Dan Kent (Powerlifting), Mr. Ian Johns (Judo), Mr. Chakir Chelbat (Taekwondo), Mr. Usman Dildar (Taekwondo), Mr. Vincent Hybois (Archery), Mr. Martin Joseph Rogers (Archery) joined as course educators.
On behalf of our university, Dr. Hisashi Sanada (Professor and Chairman at Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies in University of Tsukuba) gave a welcome speech.
(Dr. Sanada / Professor and Chairman at Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies in University of Tsukuba)
“It is a great honor for us to join in the Road to Tokyo 2020 Program, providing university facilities.” Then Dr. Sanada mentioned professor Jigoro Kano, the father of Judo. “He was the principal of the forerunner of our university for more than 23 years. During that time, he founded a class for pupils with intellectual disabilities in the elementary school of our university in 1908.” “He promoted the development of student’s communication ability through sport activities.” “He tried to promote physical education and sport for all people, beyond sexuality, age, disability and nationality. Therefore, I think it is meaningful to hold such a wonderful program at the University of Tsukuba given its small contribution to the history of disability sport and education in Japan. I believe we will promote the Paralympic Movement through this program and hope that we can make this legacy of Tokyo 2020.”
Mr. Tomohiro Ida (Secretaty General, Japanese Paralympic Committee) and Mr. Yukihiko Nunomura (Chief Operating Officer, Tokyo2020) gave welcome addresses as well.
At the end of the ceremony, group photos were taken in a friendly atmosphere.
The participants enjoyed the time to interaction with each other, such as taking personal photos with representatives of each host organization.
After the opening ceremony, Professor Sanada guided Tukuba International Academy for Sport Studies with Mr. Nunomura.
(From left to right, Mr. Nakamae / Tokyo2020, Mr. Nunomura / Chief Operating Officer, Tokyo2020, Dr. Sanada / University of Tsukuba)
Now we move to each lecture room then the course is started.
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