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26 May 2011
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Olympic Movement united to support Japan


The Olympic Movement has joined forces to support Japan’s sporting community since the earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of the country earlier this year. A dedicated working group has been jointly set up by the IOC and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to look into ways to lend support.

Led by IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng ,who travelled to Japan shortly after the event, and composed of IOC members HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein and Rita Subowo, the group has met the National Olympic Committee of Japan (JOC) on a number of occasions and has started to coordinate the Olympic Movement’s actions with respect to this difficult and complex situation.

IOC President Jacques Rogge will visit Japan in mid-July to join in the JOC’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

Sport as a catalyst for hope

Joint IOC/OCA financial aid has been allocated to the JOC, which will administer and distribute the funds to projects that use sport as a vehicle to bring relief and hope to the Japanese population. First initiatives include “The Olympians’ Visit” and “Light the Spirit Within.”

The Olympians’ Visit will take well-known Olympians to Japan in October, when they will participate in a sports festival in Tokyo. The Olympic role models will also visit schools in the affected areas and participate in sports programmes that aim to bring joy and hope to the local students.

"Light the Spirit Within" will also target the next generation by bringing young people living in the affected areas to the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in January 2012 and to the SEA Games in Indonesia in November 2011. Both initiatives aim to give these young people, whose lives were turned upside down overnight, the feeling that they are not forgotten. Other relief action is in the process of being set up.

If you would like to join in the Olympic Movement’s support for Japan or learn more, please contact Mr Yasuhiro Nakamori, Head of the International Affairs Department at the Japanese Olympic Committee: Tel: +81-3-3481-2286   e-mail address: y-nakamori@joc.or.jp

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