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Friday, October 09 2020 - 17:00
Sport Brings "New Rays of Light" amidst COVID-19, Say Interviewees Relayed through "PLAY TRUE Relay" by JADA
TOKYO, Oct. 9, 2020 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

The Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) released a new legacy interview by Yasuhiro 
Yamashita, Member of the International Olympic Committee, President of the 
Japanese Olympic Committee, 1984 Olympic Gold medalist, Judo. Yamashita 
stressed "now is the time when we reaffirm the true power and potential of 
sport toward the future" given the requirement for continued social distance 
due to COVID-19.


YAMASHITA's interview available here:

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With COVID-19, Yamashita reflects how sport places in oneself and in society: 
"We can live positively, with dreams and hopes, when we have 'light' in our 
life. I keenly felt anew how sport can bring that kind of 'light' to the 
world." He then reminds the fundamental of sport, such as "Yawara no Michi (The 
Way of Judo)," with respect based on the teaching of KANO Jigoro Shihan 
unchanged despite changing society and times: "Sport itself has the power. 
Sport can contribute to the creation of a fair society...Sport also has the 
potential of connecting people to people, and countries with countries." 

Over 30 athletes with various backgrounds have inscribed their "TRUTH" messages 
in "makimono" (handscroll) and relayed it as the "PLAY TRUE Relay" legacy 
project for Tokyo 2020 Games. Their "TRUTH" messages are living voices 
reaffirming how the inherent value of sport matters for the healthy body and 
mind. Besides Yamashita, Jessica Fox (Australia's first Youth Olympic Games 
Ambassador) and Koji Murofushi, newly appointed Japan Sport Commissioner, have 
also joined the project. 

In addition, "i-PLAY TRUE Relay" is open to all who care about sport. This is a 
socially engaged campaign that collects people's messages and "filter pose" 
photos that symbolize the value of sport cherished in themselves. Everyone's 
messages and photos posted either through the project platform (PLAY TRUE 
Planet) or on social media with #iplaytrue #playtrue2020 will be transformed 
into an art form.

More details on "i-PLAY TRUE Relay" can be found:

In the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021, JADA 
continues developing a wide range of programs to create a clean sport 
environment and maintain the integrity of sport and society. 

Source: Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA)