FASANOC was pleased to commemorate the launch of the Toyota Worldwide Olympic Partnership, in Fiji, by also announcing the recipients of the International Olympic Committee Scholarships for Athletes Tokyo 2020.
This event was held at the Asco Motors showroom at Nabua, Asco Motors being the Toyota Dealership in Fiji.
“Toyota Motor Corporation became part of the Olympic Partner Program in 2015 as the Worldwide Mobility Partner and as we all know the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020,” said Asco Motors Chief Executive Officer Craig Sims.
Mr Sims said in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, with sustainability as one of its key pillars, Toyota works with the Organizing Committees to provide sustainable mobility solutions for the Games to help with safer, more efficient mobility, including intelligent transport systems, urban traffic systems and vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems.
He said Toyota was committed to mobility as a source of inspiration and as a way to improve the quality of life for all and sincerely aligns its values of Kaizen or continuous improvement and respect for people as shared by The Olympic Games.
“On a local level, ASCO Motors will announce in future months, our linkage with FASANOC and next week with the Fiji Paralympic Organisation,” he said. Also in attendance were three of the four athletes who have received scholarships to help them prepare and qualify for Tokyo 2020.
Team Fiji athlete Eugene Vollmer and Team Fiji swimmer Matelita Buadromo shared their aspirations and journey towards Tokyo 2020 and the impact of this scholarship in assisting them with their goal of qualifying on merit.
Team Fiji archer Robert Elder, who is currently based and training in Melbourne, Australia, is also an IOC Tokyo 2020 scholarship recipient. The scholarships provides a monthly allowance from the IOC for the athletes and assists the athletes with their living and training expenses as they endeavour to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
Team Fiji Table Tennis rep Sally Yee, currently in Fiji from Japan, has secured a joint IOC- Japan Olympic Committee scholarship that provides her with both an academic scholarship, boarding and Table Tennis training in Nagasaki, Japan in her bid to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.
All athletes expressed how grateful they were to receive their scholarships and be given a chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020.