Grant Assistance for Cultural Grass-roots Projects
May 4, 2016
On Wednesday, 4th May 2016, His Excellency Shuichiro Nishioka, Ambassador of Japan to Malawi handed over a newly constructed hostel to the Malawi Olympic Committee in Lilongwe. The ceremony was presided over by Honourable Grace Obama Chiumia, Minister of Sports and Culture and was held at the Olymp-Africa Centre in Lilongwe.
The Government of Japan is currently implementing the “Sports for Tomorrow” programme worldwide and impacting on more than ten million athletes of tomorrow in more than 100 countries towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic games. In support of this, the Government of Japan decided to support MOC by improving the challenges which the committee was facing to accommodate athletes during training and competition times. Specifically, the grant amounting to 97,252 USD facilitated the construction of a 40 bed hostel which will mainly be used to accommodate athletes and trainees from different sport codes as they prepare for major competitions during their camp training.
Sports is very important in our lives socially, physically and mentally and it plays a very big role in bringing people of different backgrounds together. The Government of Japan continues to support sports in Malawi through various ways including promotion of the Judo and Kendo martial Arts and dispatching of Japanese volunteers to different sporting organizations. We are hoping that the number of athletes to compete internationally will increase and more will be nominated to the Olympics and Paralympic games.