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Sapporo AWG will produce new winter sports stars, says Hokkaido Governor

13 Aug 2014
Sapporo, Japan: The Governor of Hokkaido, Harumi Takahashi, believes the 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo in 2017 can create a new generation of winter sports athletes – as well as providing the perfect testing ground ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic in PyeongChang, Korea. Writing in the second edition of the Sapporo AWG Organising Committee’s newsletter, Sapporo News, Governor Takahashi says she is looking forward to welcoming the top Asian winter sports athletes to Hokkaido – the most northerly of Japan’s four main islands.

“I hope that young people aspiring to pursue winter sports will work on developing their performance towards competing in the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games and then make even greater strides towards participation in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea,” she says.

“I also expect the event to raise Hokkaido’s profi¬le in Asia. People in Japan are, of course, excited about the selection of Tokyo as the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, but the fact that the Asian Winter Games are now less than three years away creates even more excitement.”

The latest edition of Sapporo News also reports on the visit of the OCA inspection team and on the OCA Fun Run and Smart Torch Relay promotion at Sapporo Dome. The 8th AWG will be held in Sapporo and Obihiro in February 2017 and will feature 1,200 athletes from around 30 National Olympic Committees in five sports.

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