Tokyo Olympics 2020 is just around the corner. Hence, it is a joy and also great pleasure to see a community of Africans, Japanese drawn from several Embassies, universities, schools and the Koto Ward local folks together gathering here in a friendship game and festivities as a prelude of sport to send sparks of energy in the air to honor the spirit of the Olympiads who were here in 1964 and will come to the city of Tokyo in 2020.
People to people relationships is the fundamental ingredient of any healthy bilateral relations between nation states in the modern globalized world that we all are living.
Africa Sports Festival September 24, 2018 is an appropriate vehicle to enhance grass-root friendship and to improve understanding between communities of Africans and Japanese local folks.
Therefore, in my capacity as the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps and the Ambassador of the State of Eritrea to Japan, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Professor Nogi and Ambassador Maina of the Republic of Kenya for spearheading this event as well to expresses our deep felt gratitude to all the organizers, participants, sponsors, elders and dignitaries from both communities who contributed to the successful conduct of this event.
As Chairman of the African Diplomatic Corps Committee on Media, Culture and Tourism, I would like to express our appreciation and convey greetings on the occasion of Sports Day which is being observed throughout Japan.
We further wish to congratulate the Organizing Committee of the Africa-Japan Sports Festival for their tireless and committed work in realizing this sporting and cultural fusion event. Indeed this occasion advances the People to People Diplomacy outreach strategy which the ADC is fully committed too. The spirit of Ima No Africa (ADC Event held in Hibiya on 16th – 17th June 2018) is certainly on track.
そして本日のアフリカ大運動会が、様々な国の皆さんがここ夢の島競技場で交流し、親睦を深め、視野を広げる実り多き大会となりますよう期待しております。東京2020オリンピック・パラリンピック大会では江東区内で多くの競技が行われ大会の中心地となります。「SPORTS & SUPPORTS KOTO City in TOKYO」をブランドコンセプトに掲げ広く国内外に江東区の魅力の親睦がますます深まることを祈念いたしましてご挨拶といたします。