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Contributor: Kyodo News JBN
Friday, December 07 2018 - 16:00
Ehime Prefecture in Western Japan Hosts Tokyo Olympic Training Camp for Malaysian National Badminton Team
MATSUYAMA, Japan, Dec. 7, 2018 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

Ehime Prefecture, located on Japan's western main island of Shikoku, signed a 
memorandum of understanding with the Badminton Association of Malaysia in July 
2018. The MOU is aimed at holding training camps for the Malaysian national 
badminton team to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Malaysian team will periodically visit Ehime for Olympic training camps and 
fostering sports exchanges.

Photo1: Welcome ceremony at airport

From August 20 to August 27, 2018, an 8-day training camp for the 2020 Tokyo 
Olympics was held for the senior and junior Malaysian badminton teams, 
including senior athlete Vivian Hoo who placed in the top 8 of the Rio 
Olympics. During the training camp, the Ehime Prefecture Badminton Association 
and local high school students came to help support the training regime of the 
Malaysian athletes. Thanks to the athletic trainers, sports dieticians and 
other specialists at the training camp, the athletes were able to train in 
their best condition.

The Malaysian athletes also took part in friendly matches with some of Ehime's 
select badminton players while offering local junior and high schoolers 
badminton lessons. Of note was the athletes' visit to the areas affected by the 
heavy downpours of July 2018. While participating in activities with local high 
schoolers, the Malaysian team presented an autograph of encouragement that 
touched the hearts of locals. The junior athletes of Ehime were able to witness 
high-level performances that further motivated them to improve, and gained an 
invaluable experience through this exchange.

Photo2: Friendly matches, badminton class and the autograph of encouragement 
from Malaysian athletes

During the training camp, the Malaysian athletes also visited the oldest hot 
spring of Japan, Dogo Onsen, and enjoyed some scenic views cycling on the 
"Shimanami Kaido" road linked by a series of 10 bridges connecting Ehime 
Prefecture to Hiroshima Prefecture across the sea.

Photo3: Dogo Onsen and Shimanami cycling

The senior and junior teams will each be visiting Ehime again in 2019 for a two 
week long training camp, and in 2020 top class select members from the national 
team will again visit Ehime before the Olympics.

Source: Ehime Prefecture