One Year to Go to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 marked the one year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. In celebration of this landmark occasion, the Embassy of Japan in Kenya held a One Year to go to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 event.

During this event, members of the audience got an opportunity to experience five of the Olympic and Paralympic Sports. These were: Rugby, Judo, Handball, Table Tennis and Athletics. In order to make the sports experience more authentic, officials and members from the Kenya Rugby Union, Kenya Judo Association, Kenya Handball Federation and Kenya Table Tennis Association trained the audience on the different sports they specialize it.

Young Kenyan judoka warming up before their judo demonstration

An official from the Kenya Rugby Union teaching the audience about rugby

Mr. Mwathi, National Head Coach of the men’s handball team explaining the basic rules and regulations of handball

Mr. Mudibo, President of Kenya Table Tennis Association participating in a doubles table tennis match with members of the audience

Students from Infill Academy presented a karate demonstration.
Karate, a Martial Art which originated in Japan, has been added as a special
Olympic sport during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

Also in attendance was Mr. Shadrack Maluki, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK). The first male and female Kenyan Olympic medalists Mr. Wilson Kiprugut Chumo and Mrs. Pauline Konga, respectively, were in attendance. Two time gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games Mr. Henry Wanyoike also graced the occasion.

Mr. Wilson Kiprugut shares his experience during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics Games while Mrs. Pauline Konga (far right) and Mr. Henry Wanyoike (front) looks on

A member of staff from the Embassy of Japan explains the rules of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Quiz