By Liam Morgan at the Lemigo Hotel in Kigali

The Japan Sports Council claim they are committed to the development of sport in less developed countries through their Sport For Tomorrow programme ©TwitterThe Japan Sport Council (JSC) have outlined their ambitions here to help aid the development of some of the world's poorest countries as part of their Sport For Tomorrow programme.

The three-step initiative, first officially presented at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires in 2013 as part of Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, was exhibited in Africa for the first time at the Africa International Sports Convention (CISA).

The project will see Japanese delegates assist with sporting events in various different countries, as well as dispatching sports instructors as part of their volunteer scheme. 

"The city of Tokyo is committed to promoting the Olympic and Paralympic Movement across some of the world's poorest countries," Sport for Tomorrow project manager Toshiyuki Okeya said.

"We can always develop more from taking advice from the outside.

"We are looking at working with as many countries as possible and we aim to reach more than 10 million people in the build-up to Tokyo 2020."

Sport for Tomorrow is an initiative to help raise awareness of sport in developing countries, particularly Africa ©Tokyo 2020Sport for Tomorrow is an initiative to help raise awareness of sport in developing countries, particularly Africa ©Tokyo 2020

Sport for Tomorrow also includes a commitment to anti-doping, called "Play True 2020", which comprises several different strategies, such as social science research and developing a larger anti-doping network to promote sporting integrity.

Another feature of the programme incorporates the Academy for Tomorrow's Leaders in sport, allowing people who are fluent in English, and who have completed four years at university, to undertake a course in Olympic education if they wish to embark on a career in sports administration.

As well as developing future leaders of sport not just in Japan but across the world, the Japan Sport Council are providing assistance in developing school sport in their nation by holding "undokai" events, where schools are given the day to compete in different sporting disciplines.

Okeya also revealed that they are looking to hold workshops for the media in the build-up to Tokyo 2020.

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