Enoshima, Japan became a hive 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 Ma. Remedios Fidel was in Japan from August 17 to 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) program launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013.
SFT is Japan’s international contribution program 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.
To find out more about the “Sport for Tomorrow” program, visit www.sport4tomorrow.jp.