The canoe sprint team from the central European country of Slovakia — who will participate in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 — signed a memorandum of understanding at Katori City Hall on November 19, 2020 to establish a pre-camp at Omigawa Rowing Course in Katori City.
“We will support all Slovak athletes to ensure that they can perform at their best”, said Katori City Mayor Seiichi Ui.
Thanking Mayor Ui, Ambassador of Solvakia Marian Tomasik stated that he is truly grateful to Katori City for providing his nation’s athletes with pre-camp and training facilities. He said that the city has provided a unique opportunity for the athletes to adjust to the local climate and conditions.
As a token of appreciation, Ambassador Tomasik presented traditional Slovak glass crafts to Katori City. In exchange, Katori City gave the ambassador a papercraft model of the town’s central Sawara street and a local sake set.
This January, the coach of the Slovak team visited the site and concluded that it is an excellent training environment. He also saw the good access that it provides to Narita International Airport and to Tokyo, and made the decision to establish their pre-camp there.
The signing ceremony was covered by the NHK Shutoken Network, as well as various newspapers. The pre-camp invitation, which had been suspended due to Covid-19 and its impact, generated a lot of attention because it was concluded and signed in Chiba Prefecture.