“Three-Party Agreement on Pre-Games Training Camp was Concluded among Portuguese Paralympic Committee, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Fujisawa City”
An agreement on Pre-Games Training Camps among the Portuguese Paralympic Committee, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Fujisawa City was concluded at the Prefectural Government’s Office on Monday, September 19, 2019.
21 City Volunteers were also present at the signing ceremony, welcoming the guests from Republic of Portugal.
【About the Pre-Games Training Camps】
Pre-Games Training Camps are held prior to the Tokyo 2020 Games for the participating athletes to adapt themselves to the time difference or climate of Japan. The host municipalities support the athletes so they can demonstrate their highest performances at the Games. The camps may also contribute to the promotion of regional development or building momentum towards the Tokyo 2020 Games in the host municipalities.
With the conclusion of this agreement, the Portuguese Paralympics delegation will visit Fujisawa City prior to the start of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and conduct pre-games training camp using the Kanagawa Prefectural Sports Center (in Zengyo, Fujisawa) as a hub.
【About the Signing Ceremony】
At the signing ceremony, Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa (Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture), Mr. Tsuneo Suzuki (Mayor of Fujisawa City), and Ms. Leila Marques Mota (Chef de Mission for Portuguese Paralympics delegation) had signed the Agreement. Mr. Luis Figueiredo, the Executive Director of the Committee was also present at the ceremony. As an exchange of commemorative gifts, Mayor Suzuki presented Furoshiki (wrapping cloths) depicting Fujisawa-related Ukiyo-e paintings to Ms. Leila Mota.
【Introduction of Ms. Leila Mota (Chef de Mission)】
Ms. Leila Marques Mota of the Portuguese Paralympic Committee, who leads the country’s Paralympics delegation as ‘Chef de Mission’, was originally a para-swimmer. Since she made her debut at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games at the age of 14, she made her appearance in 4 consecutive Games until the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. At the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, she finished 5th in the 100m breaststroke. After retiring from para-swimming and serving as the President of Portuguese Sports Federation for the Disabled, she assumed her current position. At the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, she will head the Portuguese Paralympics delegation.
Meanwhile, the signing ceremony was also posted on the website and Facebook of the Portuguese Paralympic Committee.