[29th August 2017]

KENYA SIGNS MOU WITH KURUME CITY, FUKUOKA PREFECTURE TO HOST KENYA'S TEAM IN PREPARATIONS TO TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS AND PARALYMPIC GAMES.

PS, Amb. Peter Kaberia (Left) Signing MOU with His Worship, Toshinori Narahara, Mayor of Kurume City to Host Kenyan Olympic & Paralympic Team preparations.

The Principal Secretary, State Department of Sports Development, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts, Amb. Kirimi Kaberia visited Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan from 22nd to 28th August 2017 to preside over the signing of MOU between Kenya Government and Kurume city and Fukuoka Prefecture to host Kenya team during the team’s preparations for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games in 2020. The MOU signing ceremony was also presided over by His Worship, Toshinori Narahara, Mayor of Kurume City and Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa, Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture from the Japanese side. The Mission was represented by Mr. Paul M. Kaliih, Minister Counselor during the ceremony.

In his key note speech after the signing ceremony, the Principal Secretary exalted confidence that the signing of the MOU marked commencement of Kenya's early preparations to a successful participation during the forthcoming global event as well as an additional Pillar (Sports) to our existing bilateral cooperation with Japan.

Later, accompanied by the rest of the Kenyan delegation that included, Paul Tergat, Former World Marathon record holder (2003-2007) and IOC Member, Japan- trained Douglas Wakihuri, the former World Marathon Champion (1987) and Olympic Silver Medalist (1988), senior Sports officials, Mission Staff and Diaspora representatives toured the Sports facilities that will be used for training by the Kenyan Team as well as local manufacturing industries including Moonstar Company and Asahi Corporation to further strengthen our bilateral relations with Japan.

PS, Amb. Peter Kaberia (Middle) with Gov. Hiroshi Ogawa, Fukuoka Prefecture (Left) and H.W. Toshinori Narahara (Right), Mayor of Kurume city display the signed MOU.

PS, Amb. Peter Kaberia (Middle) with Gov. Hiroshi Ogawa, Fukuoka Prefecture (Left) and H.W. Toshinori Narahara (Right), Mayor of Kurume city congratulates each other after they signed the MOU.

P.M. Kaliih, Minister Counselor: Making remarks during the signing ceremony.

Group Photo: Japanese and Kenya Delegations during the signing Ceremony

Douglas Wakihuri (front) takes Kenyan Delegation around one of the training facilities in Kurume city, followed by Paul Tergat (far left) and PS, Amb. Peter Kaberia (Middle).

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