Excellency Mr. Tetsuya Ishii said, “on behalf of the people and Government of Japan, I wish to express our deep sympathy for the losses and destruction in Tonga caused by tropical cyclone Gita. I do wish that the relief goods from the Government of Japan, which arrived last week Friday, are fully utilized to meet urgent needs of the affected families throughout the country. I do also wish that by working together we will reach the earliest recovery possible.”
“I vividly remembered the nationwide excitement during the Rugby Leaque World Cup last November which united the people of Tonga in the field of sport, and I do wish that these provisions will again help unite the country, especially during these difficult times in the aftermath of cyclone Gita,” stated H.E. Ishii.
The sports equipment is the first patch of Japan’s Non-project Grant Aid for Economic and Social Development Program, providing products for athletics, weight lifting and boxing signed in March, 2016.
His Excellency noted that the sports equipment will contribute greatly to the Kingdom’s goals of promoting exercise and healthy living for the people, especially in trying to combat non-communicable diseases. He entrusted that the equipment will be fully utilized to prepare Tongan athletes for regional and international sports competition, and for a successful representation of Tonga in the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Hon. ‘Akosita Lavulavu thanked His Excellency and the Government of Japan for their generous assistance which will make an immediate difference in the life of Tonga’s athletes. She also highlighted that having these proper equipment will improve athletics performance, lift their spirit and boost their commitments.
Japan’s NPGA was introduced as a form of commodity aid to promote economic and social development of recipient countries. The NPGA handover hopes to also contribute to Tonga’s efforts to meet its Strategic Development Framework and the nation’s steadfast collaboration for sustainable development.
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