Nam inks deal with Japan

Namibia signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of sports with Japan yesterday.

29 October 2020 | Sports

Limba Mupetami





WINDHOEK

Namibia and Japan yesterday made their sporting ties official.

According to sports minister Agnes Tjongarero, the aim of the cooperation is to strengthen the ties of friendship between the two countries as well as promote and unite collaborations in the field of sports.

Based on joint interchange, recognition and mutual benefit, the cooperation, which will span a period of three years, will concentrate on the construction of sport facilities and the development of technical expertise as well as other areas the participants consider necessary to achieve the desired cooperation, she added.

Global connections

Japanese ambassador to Namibia, Hideaki Harada, said the cooperation is a new page in the friendly relations between the two countries.

Mentioning last year’s Rugby World Cup, he said the Namibian rugby team developed an excellent relationship with the citizens of Miyako City, where the team had a training camp.

“Miyako was heavily affected by the typhoon and the Namibian team volunteered to interact with and encourage the citizens,” he said.

Looking ahead

“This friendship will be further deepened on the road to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games next year, when Miyako will host the Namibian team.

“I hope the cooperation will not only further develop the relations between our two countries, but will also lead to further exchanges between the people of Japan and Namibia through sports,” the Japanese ambassador to Namibia added.

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