POSTED: December 9th 2013

Japanese Olympic Committee partners with Panama Olympic Committee

(L to R) Meliton Sanchez Rivas and Camilo Jose Amado Varela signed the bilateral partnership agreement with Tsunekazu Takeda/ AFLO Sport
(L to R) Meliton Sanchez Rivas and Camilo Jose Amado Varela signed the bilateral partnership agreement with Tsunekazu Takeda/ AFLO Sport

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Panama Olympic Committee became the 30th partner of the Japanese Olympic Committee Friday when it committed to a bilateral partnership.

POC Chairman Jose Amado Varela, Panamanian International Olympic Committee Member Meliton Sanchex Rivas, IOC Member and JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda and JOC Vice President Hirobumi Kawano attended the press conference in Tokyo announcing the partnership.

“It is a great honour for me to have signed this bilateral partnership with the Panama Olympic Committee,” Takeda said. “I am sure that the sporting communities of both Panama and Japan will have many ideas and opinions to exchange and much to learn from one another in the coming years.

“I am delighted to host Camilo Jose Amado Varela and Meliton Sanvhez Rivas in Tokyo and I would like to thank both of them for making the long journey to Japan and for their commitment to the partnership agreement.”

The POC and JOC will exchange information on the Olympic Movement, develop athletes and coaches’ exchanges, grow relations between National Federations, strengthen anti-doping efforts and cooperate in marketing and sponsorship sectors.

The JOC has partnered with the National Olympic Committees of Cuba, Austria, the United States, Germany, China, Lithuania, Korea, the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, Canada, Thailand, Sweden, Ireland, Bulgaria, Australia, Chinese Taipei, Brazil, Singapore, Egypt, New Zealand, Ukraine, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Jamaica, Croatia, Barbados, Bhutan and Hungary since 2000.

Athletes and coaches from New Zealand were invited to participate in the Odaiba Cycle Festival, Australian junior athletes and officials competed in the 36th JOC Junior Olympic Cup and Bhutanese children attended the 23rd World Children’s Baseball Fair this year.

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