Tokyo 2020 Kick-starts the "2020 Young Athletes' Project"

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee kick-started its new "2020 Young Athletes' project" in an elementary school of the city of Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, this weekend, underlining its commitment to inspire the youth of Japan and the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The "2020 Young Athletes' project," created in January, is led by Tokyo 2020 Sports Director and 2004 Olympic gold medallist Koji Murofushi, with the aim of developing the abilities of athletes to contribute to society as role models.
More than a hundred elementary schoolchildren took part in a day-long sports festival with Murofushi and eight young Japanese athletes, including Keiichi Kimura, London 2012 Paralympic Games silver and bronze medallist in Aquatics, and Haruka Wakasugi, London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist in Goalball.
"Our role is to connect with the younger generation, increase engagement between athletes and local communities, and inspire enthusiasm and passion," Murofushi said. "Bringing these young athletes with me here today is the first step towards encouraging the next generation of athletes to contribute more to society and become ambassadors who can demonstrate the power of sport to act as a force for positive change."
The "2020 Young Athletes' project" will continue to hold various events and develop programmes with an emphasis on education and the Olympic values all over Japan and continue to involve young athletes in engagement activities in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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