Australian Embassy to recognise Odawara City as the first partner of the AUS+RALLY sports diplomacy campaign
Australian Ambassador Richard Court AC presented a certificate to Mayor Mr Kenichi Kato from Odawara City in Kanagawa Prefecture as the first official partner of the AUS+RALLY campaign, an Australian Government sports diplomacy initiative in Japan in 2019-2020. The Australian Embassy Tokyo welcomed the Mayor to a ceremony to celebrate the city on Wednesday 12 June, marking 100 days to the opening of the Rugby World Cup 2019.
Odawara City will provide a training base for the Wallabies leading up to the Rugby World Cup 2019, and for the Australian Rugby Sevens teams ahead of the 2020 Olympics. The city has enjoyed a strong connection with Australia for nearly 30 years through an annual reciprocal language and cultural student exchange with Northern Beaches Council where Former Manly Council formed a Friendship City Agreement with Odawara in 1991.
Launched in April 2019 in partnership with Rugby Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia, the AUS+RALLY sports diplomacy initiative celebrates Team Australia in Japan in 2019 and 2020. AUS+RALLY brings together new and existing sports diplomacy activities through a communications and events program. The program is intended to support Japan’s hosting of the world’s greatest sporting events and their important legacy.
AUS+RALLY sports diplomacy campaign website launches
The website reports on Australian sports teams’ activities across Japan, features host towns and organisations advancing the relationship between Australia and Japan, and introducing Australia’s proud sport culture. The Embassy invites Japanese local governments and organisations to join the AUS+RALLY campaign through the website.
24 June 2019
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