Fukuoka has made a proposal to host training camps and exchange programmes with ONOC ©Wikipedia

Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) members will hear a proposal which could see them use training facilities in Fukuoka in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

The prefecture, located on Japan's third largest island Kyushu, has expressed a willingness to welcome ONOC athletes to training camps in the build-up to the Games.

Their proposal is aimed at trying to encourage local community revitalisation, sports development and international exchanges.

Fukuoka officials claim the project, which would involve both short and long-term exchanges, would aid athletes preparing for the Games and help achieve greater cultural understanding.

The proposal will be presented here on Friday (March 31), while a National Olympic Committee (NOC) Open Forum will see discussions held about training centres in Japan tomorrow.

ONOC secretary general Ricardo Blas visited Fukuoka's five municipalities in February to gain an awareness of the facilities on offer.

NOCs are now set to be given the chance to assess the area themselves, with a proposed visit earmarked for May 13 and 14.

Fukuoka previously welcomed the Swedish Olympic team for a training camp before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, as well as the British team prior to the 2015 World Athletics Championships in the Chinese capital.

Officials believe welcoming international athletes and coaches will help to inspire young people from the area to take up sport.

ONOC athletes would be able to train and take part in local competitions under the exchange programme proposals ©Getty Images
ONOC athletes would be able to train and take part in local competitions under the exchange programme proposals ©Getty Images

Under the proposals, athletes would be able to take advantage of municipal, club team and university facilities.

This would include local athletics and martial arts venues as well as gymnasiums and swimming pools.

A beach volleyball court in Yukuhashi City could also be used.

The sport exchange initiative could see athletes participate in long-term programmes.

Under a proposed training programme initiative, they would spend one or two months at a site in Fukuoka before rotating.

They would also have the option to be based in one area for a period of two to three months.

A study programme could see athletes join a local school or university, enabling them to learn while they train for their sport.

The athletes would also be able to compete in a series of competitions throughout the region during their stay.

Coaches from NOCs could also take part in the programme, with potential for on the job training or short-term training courses with local experts potentially on offer.

A further proposal is for coaches from Fukuoka to visit countries to provide guidance to NOCs and sports which request them.