Ambasador

PROFILE
1998: Bangkok Asian Championship Women’s Singles Champion
2000: Representative to Sydney Olympics
2004: Representative to Athens Olympics
2005: All Japan Championship Women’s Singles Champion
Badminton

YONEKURA Kanako

First, I would like to thank all of the athletes, coaches, and officials from cities throughout Asia for coming here to Tokyo.
I have been looking forward to spending these exciting times with everyone. I extend to you a sincere welcome. I am Kanako Yonekura, and I will be serving as Ambassador for these games again this year. As the level of competition increases every year, I continue to be surprised by the ability of junior athletes to absorb new skills. I believe the competition will become even stronger through the Asia Junior Sports Exchange Games 2017. Personal growth will also be helped along by the many stimulating encounters with different languages and cultures available here, and I further hope that by building each other up we can contribute to a broader peace throughout Asia.

Preparations are currently underway for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. I anxiously await this chance to witness the beauty of sports: of athletes challenging themselves, of their force of will to never quit, and of recognizing one another’s hard work. Nothing would make me happier than to see the athletes participating in the Asia Junior Sports Exchange Games meet again in three years as Olympic athletes. As an Ambassador, I will support you with all of my strength in the hope that you see great success and forge long-lasting bonds with one another. Please do your best.

In closing, I would like to express my hopes for the success of these games, and I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all participants and everyone who has worked so hard to make these games a reality.

Official Sponsors

Organizers

Supporting Organizers

Tokyo Junior High School Physical Culture Association, Tokyo Sports Association, Setagaya City, Setagaya City Board Of Education, Yomiuri Shimbun

Special Cooperations

Nippon Badminton Association, Japan Table Tennis Association, Japan Para-Badminton Federation, Japan Para Table Tennis Association