Handover Ceremony of 2 Optimist Dinghies and Other Sailing Tools from the Japan Palau Youth Sailing to the Palau Sailing Association

On January 23, 2023, a handover ceremony for "The Japan's Sport For Tomorrow Project" was held at Skojio in Meyuns, Koror where 2 Optimist Dinghies including engines and other tools were officially received by the Palau Sailing Association. Those in attendance of the ceremony included Ambassador ORIKASA Hiroyuki; Mr. Sam Scott, President of the Palau Sailing Association; Mr. Masao Kikuchi, the Association’s Board Member; Mr. Frank Kyota, President, Palau National Olympic Committee;  Mr. Raynold Mechol, Director, Ministry of Education, among other distinguished guests.

“The Japan’s Sport For Tomorrow Project” is an international initiative under Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly implemented by the Japanese public and private sectors. The overall goal of this sailing project in Palau is for these special boats to aid in the training of the youth of Palau to become skilled sailors and potentially participate in the Olympics in the near future. It also contributes to the reinforcement of the tokubetsu friendship between Japan and Palau, and emphasizes the value in the oceans that connects both countries.

“I hope that more Palauan youth will become interested in sailing and deepen their appreciation for the beautiful ocean surrounding the county,” Ambassador Orikasa said.
Mr. Scott expressed gratitude in his remarks and stated that he wishes to “help train many Palauan youth the art of sailing and competing in the Olympics.”