The Egyptian Minister for Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhi, has announced the country’s intention to foster a cooperative relationship with Japan in sportive programs and activities, as well as the exchange of youth delegates.

Sobhi disclosed this while meeting the Head of Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) Yoshida Kozo on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. In their discussion, both leaders explored the means with which to foster lasting bilateral cooperation in the sportive and youth fields.

A released statement reveals that part of the plans considered was the possibility of teaching Japanese martial arts at Egyptian youth centres, in addition to organizing joint tournaments between Egyptian and Japanese taekwondo and karate teams.

Also, consideration was placed on cooperation in the area of sports medicine and the prospect of building a sportive museum. Sobhi extended his visit to Tokyo to the Governor, Yuriko Koike, with the same objective to explore opportunities for cooperation.

He used the opportunity to invite Tokyo’s Governor to visit Egypt to get acquainted with the potential of the country’s advanced sportive infrastructure and its youth programs and projects.