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Press Office - PR#047–2015, September 14, 2015


Japan-Philippines Friendship Regatta Held Under the "Sport for Tomorrow" Programme



Members of the Philippines and Japan Sailing Teams are all smiles at the Awarding Ceremony that concluded a two-day sailing competition held on August 22 and 23, 2015 in Enoshima, Japan.


The Philippine Sailing Association President Mr. Ernesto Echauz (center) with the members of the Philippine Sailing Team and their coach Ms. Ma. Remedios Fidel in a courtesy visit to the Embassy of Japan on August 15. Joining them was Mr. Tatsuo Kitagawa, Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center.


Enoshima, Japan was a hive of activity last August 22 and 23, as members of the Philippines and Japan national sailing teams raced through its waters.


The Philippine contingent, composed of four male athletes namely Ricky Awali Domingo (20), Jeanson Lumapas (15), Lester Troy Tayong (25), and Emerson Villena (26) accompanied by their coach Ms. Ma. Remedios Fidel, was in Japan from August 17-24. While there, they participated in a variety of training and goodwill activities that culminated in the above-mentioned two-day friendly sailing competition. Their visit was organized as part of the “Sport for Tomorrow” (SFT) programme launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013.

The “Sport for Tomorrow” (SFT) programme is Japan’s international contribution programme towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to raise awareness on the value of sports participation and to promote the Olympic and Paralympic Movement to the world by: (1) encouraging international cooperation and exchange through hosting sports events and initiating sport-related projects; (2) establishing a system to foster international sports-related human resources by building up networks between the (International Olympic Committee) IOC, international universities and colleges, and the government; and (3) further supporting international Anti-Doping Efforts. Through the SFT programme, Japan hopes to be able to reach out to over 10 million people in more than a hundred countries, including developing countries, during the period leading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.


To find out more about the “Sport for Tomorrow” (SFT) programme, please visit the following links:


Sport For Tomorrow Website
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan


Participants at the starting line of the Japan-Philippines Friendship Regatta held on August 22 and 23, 2015.

Competitors jockey for position in the Japan-Philippines Friendship Regatta held on August 22 and 23, 2015.


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