On Saturday 1 December 2018, a signing ceremony was held for the Memorandum of Understanding of pre-games training upon the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 among the Ibaraki Prefecture, Mito City, Hitachinaka City, Japanese Olympic Committee (hereafter referred to as the “JOC”) and Belgium Olympic and Interfederal Committee (hereafter referred to as the “BOIC”).
The Secretary General of BOIC, Mr. Vander Putten pointed out that the Kasamatsu Sports Park and its surrounding facilities, as well as the remarkable accommodation, Mito Plaza Hotel, will allow the Belgium athletes to train in the best possible conditions. Mr. Vander Putten also conveyed his gratitude to the local authorities and said he expects further cooperation for the success of this pre-games training camp.
The vice-governor of Ibaraki Prefecture, Mr. Onodera, said that MOU will support the Belgium team in various aspects including the arrangement of accommodation, guarantee of fresh food and so on, for the best results can be obtained in Tokyo 2020. He also expected the good exchanges will be last between the delegations of athletes and children in ibaraki to further strength friendly relationship and deepen the understanding of each other’s cultures.
The Belgium Olympic Team will conduct their pre-games training camp based in the Kasamatsu Sports Park. (Details of the pre-games camp will be decided from now on.)
MOU Signing Ceremony and Photo Session (the photo on the right side, from the left is the Mayor of Mito City – Mr. Takahashi, Vice-President and Secretary General of JOC – Mr. Hiraoka, Secretary General of BOIC Mr. Vander Putten, Vice-Governor of Ibaraki Prefecture – Mr. Onodera, Mayor of Hitachinaka City Mr. Ohtani)
Currently, including Belgium, Ibaraki Prefecture has signed the letter of intent (Memorandum of Understanding) with 10 countries and regions in total to hold the pre-games training camp in Ibaraki (※as of 3 December 2018). The other 9 countries and regions are Palau (with Hitachiomiya City), Cuba (with Ryugasaki City – Judo), Mongolia (with Sakuragawa City – Shooting), Oceania Area (with Ryugasaki City – Judo), Thailand (with Ryugasaki City – Athletics), Argentina (with Sakai Town), Switzerland (with Tsukuba City), Kazakhstan (with Yuki City – Karate), and Tunisia (with Kamisu City).