NITTAIDAI delegation visits Malaysia for sports partnership discussions


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 22, 2022: A delegation from the Nippon Sport Science University (NITTAIDAI) in Tokyo visited the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to further discuss the establishment of a partnership between the university, BAM and the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

The reciprocal visit by the university followed the recent visit of Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr.) Mohamad Norza Zakaria, President of OCM, to Tokyo.

The NITTAIDAI delegation consisted of three professors from its Faculty of Sport Culture, Prof. Dr. Arata Kojima, Associate Professor Nobuaki Furusawa and Prof. Dr. Masaki Matsumoto.

They were warmly received by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr.) Mohamad Norza Zakaria together with representatives from the BAM - Dato’ Kenny Goh Chee Keong, Dr. Tim Jones, Mr. Wong Choong Hann, Mr. Rexy Mainaky, Dr. Suresh Kumar, Tuan Haji Ahmad Mohd Idris and Mr. Mohd Nur Al-Falah - and OCM representatives Ms. Michelle Chai Han Ching, Mr. Fong Wan Hor and Mr. Izzat Danial Su Azlan Su.

“The Nippon Sport Science University, founded 130 years ago in 1893, has played a significant role in the enhancement of high-performance sports in Japan.  The University has also produced 39 Olympic gold medalists for Japan since 1960,” stated Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr.) Mohamad Norza Zakaria.

“The research and development for high-performance sports is indeed a very good example for us in our preparation for the Paris Olympics in 2024,” he added.

Dr. Arata Kojima commented: “On behalf of the NITTAIDAI, we are committed to sharing our expertise and experience in high-performance training for a number of Olympic sports such as artistic gymnastics, judo and breaking.”

The NITTAIDAI will be organising a road show in Kuala Lumpur and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with a few sports bodies in Malaysia for cooperation in the enhancement of high-performance sports in February 2023. 

Present during the discussion were also three representatives from the Eitoshin Shoji Co Ltd, Datuk Seri Tam Yun Tong (CEO), Datin Seri Ang Hui Chin (Director) and Ms. Jenny Liew (COO).