POSTED: October 28th 2013

IOC, JOC host 50th Olympic Day Festa

Children walked two kilometres with Olympic athletes in Tohoku / AFLO Sport
Children walked two kilometres with Olympic athletes in Tohoku / AFLO Sport

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Japanese Olympic Committee hosted a two-kilometre walk with Olympians for children in the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken Tohoku region Saturday during the 50th Olympic Day Festa in Shiroyama.

The International Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Asia is putting on a series of initiatives as part of the “Tsubasa” IOC Support Project.

“Reaching this milestone makes me extremely proud of the entire Japanese sporting community,” IOC Member and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said. “Since the inception of this programme and p till its 50th event today, we have shown that the power of sports inspire the children of the affected areas. Hundreds of athletes, including Olympians, have taken part in this project, and met with tens of thousands of kids.

“I sincerely hope that this experience will leave the children with memories that last a lifetime. The overall objective is to contribute to the recovery of Tohoku, and we will continue in our endeavours to support children there.”

Beijing 2008 gold medallist Junichi Miyashita, Athens 2004 Olympian Kana Oyama, and Beijing 2008 and London 2008 triathlete Ai Ueda were among the athletes undertaking the walk with children.

The Japanese Olympic Committee launched the Olympic Day Festa to support the children affected by the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Aomori, Iwate, Miyaga, Fukushima and Ibaraki have all hosted several Olympic Day Festas as part of the “Ganbare Nippon” project since the project launched in October 2011 with Olympians and athletes.

The Sports Kokoro Project, an ambitious five-year plan to send Olympians and Paralympians to disaster areas in Japan, is also currently ongoing. The project has visited more than 250 schools with 797 events in two years, including the appearance of more than 150 athletes helping over 20,000 schoolchildren.

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