The Signing Ceremony of MOU Among the National Olympic and Paralympic Committee of Afghanistan, Fukuoka Prefecture and Omuta City Took Place in Omuta


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December 23, 2020: The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee of Afghanistan, Fukuoka prefecture, and Omuta city about facilitating pre-games training camp for the Afghan athletes expected to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer took place in Omuta city, southern Japan. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Afghanistan to Japan; Dr. Bashir Mohabbat, Vice Governor of Fukuoka prefecture; Akie Omagari, Mayor of Omuta city; Yoshitaka Seki, Second Secretary of the Afghan Embassy in Japan; Nasrullah Rozbeh, representatives from relevant government agencies of Omuta city, and members of media outlets.

Discussions between the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo and relevant parties in Fukuoka prefecture and Omuta city about hosting the pre-games training camp for Afghan athletes in Omuta began early this year and the decision to pursue this MOU was finalized in November 2020. Ambassador Mohabbat signed the MOU, on behalf of the National Olympic Committee and the National Paralympic Committee of Afghanistan, with the Vice Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture and Mayor of Omuta city. This MOU sets the framework for closer collaboration between parties to hold pre-games training camp for Afghan athletes in Omuta city and will facilitate cultural exchanges between Afghanistan and Fukuoka prefecture.

During the ceremony, speeches were delivered by Ambassador Mohabbat, Ms. Akie Omagari, and Mr. Yoshitaka Seki. In his remarks, Ambassador Mohabbat highlighted the historical relations between Afghanistan and Japan, appreciated Japan’s assistance and immense contribution to reconstruction and development of Afghanistan over the past 19 years, and stated that “the signing of this MOU is another important step towards further strengthening ties between Afghanistan and Japan and expanding cultural exchange and people-to-people contacts between the two countries.”

Omuta Event