Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Takeda and his counterpart at the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Cong. Jose Cojuangco Jr. signed and approved a Partnership Agreement that will initiate National Sports Federations (NSF) of both countries to engage in sports exchanges including joint training, consultations and meetings between sport officials, coaches’ training, exchanges in medical science and anti-doping, seminars on Olympism and sports for all, fora on marketing and IT, and even exchanges between local and club teams. The Partnership lays out the basic groundwork for thes activities and signifies that both NOCs support such undertakings. The agreement was signed on August 15, 2016.
POC Chairman Tomas Carrasco Jr. recounted how this came about: “About 3 years ago I met Takeda-san at a triathlon race in Yokohama and broached the idea of a sports agreement between our 2 countries, especially since Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympics and he gave the move his full support.”
Typically, a host Olympic country sees a surge in sports activities in the lead up to an Olympics as the host would like to put the best possible performance and Japan should be no different.
Cong Cojuangco commented: “Japan is a great sporting country with an impressive record in international sports competition. We can benefit from their leadership in sports like judo, baseball, swimming, and karate, just to name a few. We in turn could help them in boxing, arnis, billiards, and other sports we are good at. I see great benefits to arise from this agreement.”
The POC is encouraging its member NSFs to make plans with their Japanese counterparts and to take advantage of the exchanges. Enthusiastic response from the sports bodies is anticipated for this program.