His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health, First Vice President of the UAE National Olympic Committee cum Chairman of the Executive Office reiterated that the approach pursued by our prudent leadership in supporting innovation & excellence is the mainstay our sports drive on which its vision and objectives hinge in the forthcoming perio “This can be achieved by harnessing human cadres, grooming young Emirati athletes, and constructing state-of-the-art sports facilities to raise the competitive edge of the UAE to host international events. A statement to this effect was made when His Excellency received high-level Japanese delegation in the presence of Kanji Fujiki, Ambassador of Japan to the UAE. The delegation was headed by Dr. Daichi Suzuki, Head of the Japan Sports Agency, along with Yasotaka Yamamoto, Secretary of Agency’s Head, Shinji Suzuki, Head of Cultural and Media Section at the Embassy of Japan in the UAE. The meeting was also attended by lieutenant general (Ret’d) Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, Second Vice-President of the UAE National Olympic Committee, Advisor Mohammed Al Kamali, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee, Engineer Dawood Al Hajri, Assistant Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee, Obaid Salem Al Shamsi, Chief Financial Officer of the National Olympic Committee, along with members of the Executive Office including Engineer Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Abdul Mohsen Al Dosari, in addition to Nasser Al Badour, member of the National Olympic Committee. Al Owais discussed with the Japanese delegation the prospects of strengthening sports relations between the Olympic Committee and the Japan Sports Agency, which was established last year. The Agency is responsible promoting all aspects of Olympic sport at both the professional and the amateur levels, as well as school sports activities in the best interest of sports sector. The Japanese delegation reviewed the key challenges and positives encountered during the preparation the Olympic Games and how to groom a young generation capable of achieving the aspirations of the Japanese nation in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The two parties agreed to exchange visits, share expertise, conduct training courses, and promote sports partnership between the National Olympic Committees in both countries. Al Owais reviewed the projects & programs launched by the National Olympic Committee, which come in translation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the National Olympic Committee. These directives call for preparing athletes of different age groups, given that the School Olympic Games finals will be held in Abu Dhabi month next. This synchronies the launch of the Elite Club as part of Olympic Dream Program, which aims grooming distinguished athletes in individual games for Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. Al Owais also highlighted the key tournaments held in the UAE over the past years, along with the upcoming continental and global events, highlighted by the finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 to be held in the UAE, FIFA Club World Cup in 2016 & 2017, Dubai World Cup for Horseracing, among others. Al Owais added that the UAE sport had always been keen on establishing ties of cooperation with Japan, which had become a leading sports nation worldwide. For his part, Dr. Daichi Suzuki, Head of Japan Sports Agency lauded the sports renaissance witnessed by the UAE, rendering it a prominent global sports destination, particularly in hosting mega international sports events. Suzuki paid tribute to the culture of innovation & excellence, rendering the UAE a world popular rendezvouswhere people come together. Suzuki then highlighted Tokyo preparations to host the Olympic Games in 2020, wishing that the UAE sends its biggest ever sports mission. At the end of the meeting, the two parties exchanged ementos, and highlighted the importance of holding such meetings on regular basis to enhance mutual cooperation in the long term.