Corteza leads PHL delegation to Judo competition in Tokyo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 31 August 2013 11:19

Dr. Ricardo Danilo E. Corteza, a 6th dan International Judo Federation (IJF) License Instructor/Coach from Western Mindanao State University and the Philippine Judo Federation (PJF) Vice-President for Zamboanga Peninsula left for Tokyo, Japan last August 26, 2013 to act as the Team Manager of the strong 12-man Philippine (Manila) Delegation to the Asia Junior Sports Exchange Games 2013 Judo Competition to be held at the Tokyo Budokan Hall in Ayase, Adachi-Ku, Tokyo, Japan from August 27-September 2, 2013.

Four officials and eight young athletes (15-18 yrs) from various universities and Colleges in Manila will be competing in the individual and team events, respectively. This will be Dr. Corteza’s second trip to Tokyo as delegation head following his successful stint last 2010 as Education and Coaching Director of IJF.

The main objective of this annual international event hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Sport Benefits Corporation and the Judo Federation of Tokyo is to “foster the youngsters’ technical and mental improvement while encouraging friendship among different nationalities in the true spirit of the Olympic Movement.

More than 200 young hopefuls from 19 Asian cities are expected to take part in this prestigious event which also included Badminton competitions for boys and girls. Part of the scheduled activities will be the conduct of international training camps in the two sports (judo and badminton), forum among delegation officials, visits to selected police departments with judo programs, and a cultural exchange tours with various middle schools in Tokyo.

Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “The Asia Junior Sport Exchange Games 2013 unites Tokyo and other major Asian cities through sport and serves to nurture the next generation of sports stars.” He added that Tokyo 2016 has unequivocal support for these efforts as part of their ‘Uniting Our Worlds’ vision. The program is to help connect people from different walks of life, create communities, and build the ties to the past that inspire the future, and inspire a shared passion for sport that unites all.

The annual Asia Junior Sport Exchange Games Project aims to hone the technical and mental capabilities of junior athletes through competition; promote greater understanding across national borders, and facilitate lifelong character building and good physical and mental health for all participants. This event linking Tokyo with a host of other cities in Asia through sport is also designed to enhance the competitive abilities of Asian athletes, and help nurture the next generation.

Dr. Corteza,former WMSU Dean of the College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports is also scheduled to pay courtesy calls to the Lieutenant Governor and the Mayor of Tokyo as well as to meet with the Principals of selected senior and middle (K-12) schools in the city. The Philippine delegation will be billeted at the famous Tokyo Prince Hotel. Presently, Dr. Corteza is WMSU Board Secretary.