NOC enters into futuristic sports MOU with Japanese City | Sunday Observer

NOC enters into futuristic sports MOU with Japanese City

NOC General Secretary Maxwell de Silva (left) signing the MoU with Mayor of Hashima City
NOC General Secretary Maxwell de Silva (left) signing the MoU with Mayor of Hashima City

The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka entered into a fruitful sports agreement with Satoshi Matsui, the Mayor of Hashima City Gifu Prefecture, Japan as Secretary General Maxwell de Silva signed the MoU looking beyond the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which is also due to be held in Japan.

This multifaceted agreement has many features that would help Lankan athletes who are down to perform at Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

Initially there would be an exchange programme for the Sri Lankan team that will take part at the Games. There the People of the City of Hashima would contribute in more than one way to help Sri Lanka’s Olympic mission before and when the Games are on. The next phase will be beyond the Tokyo 2020 programme.

The MoU between the NOC and the City of Hashima was signed when a Lankan Olympic team comprising its Secretary General Maxwell de Silva and his Assistant Secretary Chandana Liyanage were in Japan to attend a three-day Chef de Mission Seminar where every National Olympic Committee had been invited to take part in the event.

Maxwell de Silva said: “Initially the person of Hashima City was very happy about our visit there. The conclusion was that we both would work even after the conclusion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the bottom-line being working closely with the Hashima City and obtaining assistance from them and they were more than happy coming up with that gesture.

“The sport that we are looking at this point is Taekwondo, as the City of Hashima is well equipped to provide assistance in this discipline. Besides, there is a top ranking businessman in the city who is interested assisting us with this programme and he is a big time supporter of Taekwondo there.”

 

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