POSTED: May 27th 2015
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2020 Young Athletes' Project kicks off for Tokyo 2020

2020 Young Athletes’ Project sports festivities © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi
2020 Young Athletes’ Project sports festivities © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi

2020 Young Athletes’ Project sports festivities © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi
2020 Young Athletes’ Project sports festivities © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi

Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, Koji Murofushi © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi
Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, Koji Murofushi © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) This weekend the "2020 Young Athletes' Project" officially kicked off in an elementary school in the city of Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee is showing their commitment to inspiring the youth of Japan and areas that have been affected by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake.

Led by Koji Murofushi, Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, the "2020 Young Athletes' Project" was created in January. Its aim is to help develop the abilities of athletes, so they may contribute to society as role models.

A day-long sports festival took place with over a hundred elementary school children, Murofushi, and eight youth Japanese athletes, which included London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalist in Goalball, Haruka Wakasugi and London 2012 Paralympic Games silver and bronze medalist in Aquatics, Keiichi Kimura.

Murofusi stated, "Our role is to connect with the younger generation, increase engagement between athletes and local communities, and inspire enthusiasm and passion."

He added, "Bringing these young athletes with me here today is the first step towards encouraging the next generation of athletes to contribute more to society and become ambassadors who can demonstrate the power of sport to act as a force for positive change."

Various events and development programs will continue to be held with an emphasis on the Olympic values and education all over Japan. The "2020 Young Athletes' Project" will continue to engage and involve young athletes in activities, leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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