POSTED: January 22nd 2014

United Nations' Eighth Youth Leadership Camp held in Tokyo this month

(L to R) IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda and Wilfried Lemke, UN Special Advisor on Sport and Development / JOC
(L to R) IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda and Wilfried Lemke, UN Special Advisor on Sport and Development / JOC

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Tokyo will host the 8th Youth Leadership Camp of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace with 30 participants from the ages of 18 to 25 engaged in the sport for development field this week.

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology and the Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute are partnering to host the event through 30 Jan. to bring youngsters together to share best practices and experiences from sport for development and peace.

To help promote Sport for Development and Peace projects, the UN Youth Leadership Camp was conceived and the first workshop of the eighth edition – “Right to Play” – began Monday at the Olympic Centre.

“We are delighted to be hosting our Youth Leadership Camp in Tokyo this year,” United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke said. “After the city’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, I can only see Japan’s presence in the Sport for Development movement become more prominent. The Olympic legacy is still vibrant in Tokyo, and the participants of the camp will have the unique experience of using the facilities, still in daily use, from the Tokyo Olympics 1964.

Participants of the 8th Youth Leadership Camp will visit the devastated areas of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, where they will speak with Japanese students engaged in reconstruction assistance.

“We are delighted to greet the future ambassadors of Sport for Development and Peace, who demonstrate every day the incredible power inherent in sport, the critical role sport plays in inspiring the younger generation, and the indispensible link between sport, peace and development throughout the world,” International Olympic Committee Member and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said. “We look forward to seeing all of them again in 2020.”

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