A special signing ceremony has taken place here today to mark a new partnership between the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF).
The agreement, signed at the Fairmont Hotel on the eve of the Summer Youth Olympic Games here, will see exchange programmes and opportunities for collaboration between officials, staff, athletes and coaches from the two bodies.
The agreement was signed by a group, including JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda and French counterpart Denis Masseglia.
Both parties will exchange marketing knowledge and pool information on the Olympic Movement.
French athletes will use the facilities at the National Training Centre in Tokyo, while their Japanese counterparts will take advantage of the National Institute of Sport and Physical Education, in Paris.
It is hoped this will boost the two countries to perform better than they did at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where France were seventh on the medals table and Japan 11th.
This brings the number of deals between the JOC and other National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to 30, over a decade since an initial partnership was signed with the the Austrian and Cuban Olympic Committees in 2002.
Other partnerships have taken place with NOC's ranging from Barbados to Bhutan, and from Panama to Egypt.
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