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Updated : March 19, 2018

Signing MOU on Pre-Games Training Camps with Italian National Olympic Committee

Saitama Prefecture, Tokorozawa City and Waseda University have agreed with the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) to host pre-Games training camps ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games and concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on pre-Games training camps at a signing ceremony.

Under the agreement, more than 200 competitors in athletics, swimming and other sports from the Italian Olympic Team will have their pre-Games training camp primarily at Waseda University’s Tokorozawa Campus.

Including Italy, five countries to date have decided to have their pre-Games training camps in Saitama Prefecture. The others are Bhutan in Yorii Town, the Netherlands in Saitama City, Brazil in Niiza City and Myanmar in Tsurugashima City.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy with the President of JOC, Governor of Saitama Prefecture, Mayor of Tokorozawa City, President of Waseda University and Vice Secretary General of CONI holding up the signed MOU

Date

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Venue

Italian Embassy in Japan (2-5-4 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Attendees

Signatories:

Carlo Mornati, Vice Secretary General of the Italian National Olympic Committee

Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture

Masato Fujimoto, Mayor of Tokorozawa City

Kaoru Kamata, President of Waseda University

Guests:

His Excellency Mr. Giorgio Starace, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Italy

Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Yasuo Saito, Vice President of the Japanese Olympic Committee

Sports to Have Pre-Games Training Camps in Saitama Prefecture

Specific sports are to be decided through future discussion.

Comments from Key Attendees

Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture

“Not only the citizens of Tokorozawa but also the people of Saitama Prefecture are looking forward to welcoming Italian athletes to Tokorozawa City. Saitama Prefecture, Tokorozawa City and Waseda University will provide solid support to enable the athletes to fulfill their potential.”

Carlo Mornati, Vice Secretary General of the Italian National Olympic Committee

“We reached the conclusion that Waseda University’s Tokorozawa Campus is the best location for our athletes. We are proud to have our pre-Games training camps here. I appreciate the wide-ranging support of Waseda University, Saitama Prefecture and Tokorozawa City.”

Masato Fujimoto, Mayor of Tokorozawa City

“It is our great pleasure to conclude the MOU on these Tokyo 2020 pre-Games training camps. Tokorozawa City will welcome Team Italy and support both Waseda University and the athletes in their drive for success.”

Kaoru Kamata, President of Waseda University

“It is a great honor for us to sign the MOU with the Italian National Olympic Committee on these Tokyo 2020 pre-Games training camps. We are delighted that the Italian national team athletes training using the sporting facilities on our campus will lead to the creation of new Olympic legacies.”

His Excellency Mr. Giorgio Starace, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Italy

“Today’s MOU signing ceremony is very important for our embassy. The country of Italy is now one step closer to the historic event of the Tokyo 2020 Games. I am looking forward to Tokyo 2020, together with you all. I will support Japanese Olympians as well as Team Italy.”

Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

“It is auspicious to be signing the MOU between the Italian National Olympic Committee and Waseda University before October 28, the day that marks the start of the 1,000-day countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Games. I appreciate the support from Saitama Prefecture and Tokorozawa City, and would like to express our hopes on behalf of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Other

Details of the schedule and requirements for pre-Games training camps are to be decided through future discussion.

In addition to the pre-Games training camps, cultural events, including exchanges with athletes, will be held on an ongoing basis in the lead-up to 2020.

MOU signatories “unite” by putting their hands together.