Saitama Prefectural citizens support foreign athletes and games-related personnel during Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games “Online Exchange @ Saitama”
The Saitama Prefectural Government is holding online exchange events with Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games-related personnel and athletes from overseas. Unfortunately, due to the effects of COVID-19 (New Coronavirus) foreign athletes will not be able to receive in-person support at their event venues by spectators from their home countries, and will not be able to enjoy interacting directly with the Japanese public. Consequently, in order for prefectural citizens to serve as a support group for foreign athletes and encourage their performance in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will offer our support for athletes from various countries via online exchanges! Furthermore, not only will we offer the prefecture’s support, but we intent to introduce tourist hotspots, local gourmet cuisine, and promote traditional arts, etc., unique to Saitama Prefecture!
From December 2020 to March 2021, Saitama Prefectural citizens have taken part in online exchange activities with foreign National Olympic and Paralympic Committee-related personnel, as well as athletes from abroad. Foreign guests remarked, “We instantly became friends with everyone from Saitama. We were deeply moved by their kind hospitality,” and, “I’m sure the morale of the athletes will undoubtedly be boosted by these online exchange activities. I look forward to meeting with them from the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Village!” Participants from Saitama Prefecture stated, “We became friends with our foreign guests so quickly it was hard to believe that this was the first time we’d met!” and many participants eagerly agreed to continue to communicate with their new friends from abroad even after the event ended.
Through「Online Exchange @ Saitama」prefectural citizens and foreign athletes as well as Games-related personnel are able to deepen their bonds of friendship and will continue to develop their connections even after the Games are over.
For more details regarding 「Online Exchange @ Saitama」visit:
Miho Sasaji and Isamu Komine
Camp and Lodgings Group, Olympics and Paralympics Division
Saitama Prefectural Government
TEL: 048-830-2874 FAX: 048-830-4756 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org