SEISA’s exchange students from Eritrea and Bhutan attended the press conference of Solidarity Special Program of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, supported by JOC (Japanese Olympic Committee) and IOC (International Olympic Committee).
With the presence of Japan’s great athletes, Naoko Takahashi, Kouji Murofushi and Yasuhiro Yamashita, Dejen Tesfalem (middle-long distance of track and field/SEISA Kokusai Shonan) from Eritrea expressed his enthusiasm. “My country, Eritrea is a small country. I will work hard to make the best result. I feel honored to have this opportunity.” Goma Pradhan (middle-long distance of track and field/SEISA Dohto University) from Bhutan expressed her determination enthusiastically. “There is no Olympians in Bhutan so far. We don’t really have professional athletes or coaches in Bhutan. However, we are aiming to participate in Olympic. To make this dream come true, I will do my best and train hard. I hope to take a part of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a member of the national team of Bhutan.”
In this program, Olympic host country offers training opportunities for athletes of developing countries to improve their athletic ability while deepening understanding by sharing cultural differences and conditions each other. Tsunekazu Takeda, the chairman of JOC says, “As well as improving athletic ability, we are also aiming to nurture athletes’ personality by teaching Japanese culture, manners and cooperativeness. JOC will actively promote international exchanges between athletes through sports. We expect each athlete to become like ambassador between Japan and their county to contribute beyond 2020.”
FGC and SEISA Group will continue supporting athletes by cooperating with JOC, IOC and Japan Association of Athletics Federations.