News Centre – TDO- The new facilities of the Judo Federation of Turkey in Ankara that were constructed with contributions from the Japanese Embassy were opened with a ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by Minister for Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Japanese Ambassador to Turkey Akio Miyajima, Judo Federation of Japan International Relations Committee Member Kenji Mitsumoto, Deputy Minister Hamza Yerlikaya, Deputy General Director for Sports Ömer Altunsoy, President of the Judo Federation of Turkey Sezer Huysuz, employees of the sports organisation, coaches, athletes as well as many other guests.
In his speech, President Sezer Huysuz of the Judo Federation of Turkey said “We are proud to have such a facility. The opening of such facilities allows us to raise athletes under our discretion. Our project for integrating Syrian youth through judo has won an award.”
Japanese Ambassador Akio Miyajima said “I would like to pay my respects to officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey and of the Judo Federation of Turkey who made efforts to open this judo facility.”
Describing Turkey and Japans as “two nations with one heart” Miyajima continued:
“I hope this new judo facility will be a location that will bring about friendship and peace through judo, without distinction for age, sex and disability. Although Japan and Turkey may be distant geographically, they share one heart.
“In two years, in 2020, the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Tokyo. I hope that the young judo fighters here will work hard and not just improve their technique, but also develop their spirits through learning the Japanese spirit.
“Former world judo champion Yasuhiro Yamashita has sent a signed message that will encourage you. He says ‘Make an effort to make your dreams come true.’ I too wish that you will make the best effort you can.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Kasapoğlu said “I proudly declare that the newest and best sports facilities in the world are in Turkey.” Kasapoğlu added:
“Some of these facilities are for judo and some for other branches. I should say that in 60 branches of sports there are very good facilities around Turkey. These facilities are always at the service of you athletes. They serve our people, our youth and our children. We want you to make use of these facilities. We want these facilities t serve the people day and night. Please make use of these facilities. They are there for you to use. If you do not make use of them, that would mean the country’s resources are not being used well. This is why we want you to make use of these facilities.”
Minister for Youth and Sports Kasapoğlu said that Japan is a friendly country which Turkey cherishes its relationship with and continued "The warm and friendly approach of the ambassador, the cooperation in judo and sports and the cooperation Turkey will develop with Japan over other matters are all very promising. We are excited about the future. To this end, we value the work undertaken by the Judo Federation in the province of Kilis. We hope that this work will set an example for other branches. In this respect, I would like to convey my thanks to the Japanese Ambassador and the Japanese people for their cooperation in the field of judo and preparations for the Olympics. I would like to express my belief that the contributions of the Japanese government for judo and our cooperation on all other matters will only increase in the future.”
Judo Federation of Japan International Relations Committee Member Kenji Mitsumoto presented Minister Kasapoğlu with a framed photograph of Jigoro Kano, the founder of the judo discipline.
Minister Kasapoğlu presented the Japanese Ambassador with a set of coffee cups.
Sezer Huysuz presented Minister Kasapoğlu with a judogi, while the judogi of Syrian young people was presented by the minister.
After the exchange of presents, the ribbon was cut and the facility was opened for use.