The second edition of the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) and International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) short programme is due to get underway here tomorrow.
TIAS was established in 2014 as part of the Sport for Tomorrow project, set up by the Japanese Government following Tokyo being awarded the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The project aims to promote sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements by assisting developing nations, and by protecting and promoting values of sport by extending anti-doping initiatives, in addition to training the next generation of sports leaders through TIAS.
Following on from the successful first running of the event last year, 34 students from 25 nations will take part in the two-week long programme.
The opening week of the event from tomorrow until Thursday (May 29) will see several seminars held by TIAS, with the central focus on the "Olympics, Tokyo and Japanese Culture".
Participants in the programme will attend a seminar on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics tommorow, following talks regarding TIAS itself and on the Sport for Tomorrow project.
They will also be provided with the opportunity to tour Tokyo 2020 venues, while the second day of the course will include a visit to the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Emperor of Japan.
Japanese culture will be explored with seminar sessions featuring Omotenashi, the Japanese spirit of hospitality, and calligraphy, as well as gaining a greater understanding of traditional Japanese sports by watching a baseball game, visiting the sumo stable and experiencing judo.
Dr Jigoro Kano, considered the founder of modern judo who in 1909 became the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will form the subject of one of the lectures to the students about the history of Budo, Japanese martial arts.
Run in collaboration with AISTS, the second week will focus on organisation and sport event management, featuring topics such as planning and logistics, hospitality and protocol, ticketing and accreditation, as well as the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic games
The sessions will involve the students engaging in group work and presentations, which will be evaluated by members of AISTS, TIAS, the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee.
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