Tokyo 2016 Promotes Increased Olympic Education In Japan

Under an initiative to promote increased Olympic education in Japan, Tokyo 2016 and the Japan Olympic Academy (JOA) hosted a lecture September 20 by Dr. Gene Sutton, Executive Board Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and head of the Canadian Olympic Academy (COA), to discuss related activities in Canada, the host country of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Dr. Sutton discussed the best practices of Olympic education, as well as past achievements and future projects of the Canadian Olympic Academy, said a Tokyo 2016 press release.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government made a presentation on the city’s sports and Olympic education initiatives, in particular those related to Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Dr. Sutton said, “I am very impressed with the plans of the city of Tokyo for Olympic education and happy to see that they are not waiting for the host city selection that will take place next year to implement them. Japan is already known for its strong involvement in the Olympic Movement; further expanding its already outstanding Olympic education is only going to strengthen these ties. I wish the best of luck to Tokyo 2016”.

According to the press release the Japan Olympic Academy, the national branch of the IOC International Olympic Academy, as part of an Olympic education pilot program, recently collaborated with Tokyo 2016 to develop Olympic textbooks that began distribution in schools on September 18. Distribution will be expanded next year to include elementary, middle and senior high schools nationwide, forming the basis of Olympic education for schoolchildren throughout Japan.

President Dr. Ichiro Kono, CEO of Tokyo’s 2016 bid, is leading a delegation to the 6th IOC World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture in Busan South Korea from September 25 to 27. The delegation is to learn about international best practices of Olympic education and gather feedback from the Olympic Family on plans for Olympic education activities, which will be included in Tokyo 2016’s Candidate City File.