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Updated : October 12, 2018

Students from Saitama Prefectural Yorii Johoku High School Pay a Courtesy Visit to the Governor of Saitama Prefecture

Yorii Town has officially been designated as a host town for the Kingdom of Bhutan during the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Games. Two students from the athletics club of Saitama Prefectural Yorii Johoku High School in Yorii Town, took part in the first ever national athletics competition between Bhutan and Japan, the 'BAAF-Yorii Athletics Championship 2018'.

In partnership with volunteers from Yorii Town Hall, the students of Yorii Johoku High School reached out to the public in a crowdfunding campaign to cover their travel expenses and operating expenses for the competition.

On May 14, the two athletes who participated in the competition paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Saitama Prefecture, Kiyoshi Ueda to report the results of their time abroad.

About the Courtesy Visit

About the Courtesy Visit 

  1. Date and Time: May 14, 2018 (Mon) 2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  2. Venue: The Governor's Office
  3. Participants
  • Fūka Kobayashi (Saitama Prefectural Yorii Johoku High School, 3rd year)
  • Kao Yamaguchi (Saitama Prefectural Yorii Johoku High School, 3rd year)
  • Toshiichiro Hanawa, Mayor of Yorii Town

About their Experience in Bhutan

The two students, Ms. Kobayashi (center) and Ms. Yamaguchi (left), spoke to Governor Ueda about their results in the competition, their overall impressions of the championship, and their exchange activities with local school students in Bhutan.

Governor Ueda remarked on the value of experiences that cross borders, allowing athletes from two countries with different histories and cultures to come together and form friendships on the basis of common interests, and encouraged them to make use of this precious experience in their future endeavors.

Both Ms. Kobayashi and Ms. Yamaguchi were runner-ups in the 4x100 metres relay. Additionally, Ms. Yamaguchi was also a runner-up in both the women's 100 metres and the women's long jump. Both athletes showed their hard-earned certificates and medals to the Governor during the visit.

In her final remarks following the courtesy visit, Ms. Kobayashi admitted to having been nervous, but that the experience had been a good one. Ms. Yamaguchi expressed her interest in future exchange opportunities with Bhutan and that she will be whole-heartedly supporting the athletes from Bhutan in their performance during the Tokyo 2020 Games.

About the 'BAAF-Yorii Athletics Championship 2018'

  1. Official Title: BAAF-Yorii Athletics Championship 2018
  2. Date: April 28 (Opening Ceremony, Championship Events) - 29 (Athletics Clinic led by Dai Tamesue) 2018
  3. Venue: Thimphu Athletics Track and Field Centre
  4. Number of Participants: Approx. 70 athletes from 7 different districts
  5. Events: Men's 100 Metres, Women's 100 Metres, Men's Long Jump, Women's Long Jump, Men's 4x100 Metres Relay, Women's 4x100 Metres Relay
  6. Results:
  • Fūka Kobayashi: Women's 100 metres 16.03s (heats)
  • Kao Yamaguchi: Women's 100 metres 14.95s (heats), 14.87s (finals, runner-up), Women's long jump 4.20m (runner-up)
  • 4x100 metres relay (Ms. Kobayashi, Ms. Yamaguchi, Mr. Tamesue, and one other participant) : runner-up