AsiaNet 76641MATSUYAMA, Japan, Dec. 7, 2018 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --
Ehime Prefecture, located on Japan's western main island of Shikoku, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Badminton Association of Malaysia in July 2018. The MOU is aimed at holding training camps for the Malaysian national badminton team to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Malaysian team will periodically visit Ehime for Olympic training camps and fostering sports exchanges.
Photo1: Welcome ceremony at airporthttps://kyodonewsprwire.jp/prwfile/release/M104723/
From August 20 to August 27, 2018, an 8-day training camp for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was held for the senior and junior Malaysian badminton teams,
including senior athlete Vivian Hoo who placed in the top 8 of the Rio Olympics. During the training camp, the Ehime Prefecture Badminton Association and local high school students came to help support the training regime of the Malaysian athletes. Thanks to the athletic trainers, sports dieticians and other specialists at the training camp, the athletes were able to train in their best condition.
The Malaysian athletes also took part in friendly matches with some of Ehime's select badminton players while offering local junior and high schoolers
badminton lessons. Of note was the athletes' visit to the areas affected by the heavy downpours of July 2018. While participating in activities with local high
schoolers, the Malaysian team presented an autograph of encouragement that touched the hearts of locals. The junior athletes of Ehime were able to witness
high-level performances that further motivated them to improve, and gained an invaluable experience through this exchange.
Photo2: Friendly matches, badminton class and the autograph of encouragement from Malaysian athleteshttps://kyodonewsprwire.jp/prwfile/release/M104723/
During the training camp, the Malaysian athletes also visited the oldest hot spring of Japan, Dogo Onsen, and enjoyed some scenic views cycling on the "Shimanami Kaido" road linked by a series of 10 bridges connecting Ehime Prefecture to Hiroshima Prefecture across the sea.
Photo3: Dogo Onsen and Shimanami cyclinghttps://kyodonewsprwire.jp/prwfile/release/M104723/
The senior and junior teams will each be visiting Ehime again in 2019 for a two week long training camp, and in 2020 top class select members from the national team will again visit Ehime before the Olympics. https://www.visitehimejapan.com/en Source: Ehime Prefecture