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Ryosuke Irie is a second year student at Kinki University.
Tokyo 2016 unites sport and education with new academic partnership


01 Jun 2009
As part of its commitment to deliver a lasting Olympic legacy, Tokyo 2016 today announced its latest strategic partnership with a Japanese Institute of Higher Education. The agreement with Kinki University will work towards improving understanding of the role of sport in society, as well as explore the long-term benefits of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the heart of Japan's vibrant capital city.

The far-reaching collaboration will focus on the continuing development of Japan's sports-related human resources and academic expertise, as well as the promotion of the Olympic Movement. Formal research into the Olympic and Paralympic bidding processes will be conducted using the practical experience of Tokyo 2016 combined with the academic expertise of the prestigious institution.

Maximising global awareness of Tokyo 2016 -- which enjoys support at all levels of Japanese society and is the most compact and sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games plan in history -- is another of the partnership's key objectives.

The agreement is Tokyo 2016's fifth academic partnership to date, following those with Nippon Sport Science University, the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, Ryutsu Keizai University and Senshu University.

Kinki University in Kansai, western Japan, has produced a number of outstanding athletes and Olympians, including world-class swimmer Ryosuke Irie, who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Other outstanding Olympians from Kinki University include swimmers Miki Nakao, bronze medallist at Sydney 2000; Takashi Yamamoto, silver and bronze medallist at Athens 2004, and fellow Athens Games bronze medallists Yuko Nakanishi and Yoshihiro Okumura.

Dr Ichiro Kono, Tokyo 2016 Chair and CEO, said: "The Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee is delighted to partner with Kinki University, which has produced a number of world-class athletes. We share a strong belief that sport can advance society, and we look forward to helping the development of top athletes and sport-industry leaders for the benefit of Japan and the entire Olympic Movement.
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