In a demonstration of international comity and solidarity in sport, the Jamaica Olympic Association, JOA, and the Jamaica Paralympic Association, JPA, recently inked a renewal of their historic partnership with the Tottori Prefecture in a virtual signing ceremony.

The first of its kind in global sport, the parties expressed continued confidence in their bi-lateral relationship.

This will witness, among other activations in the Olympic and Paralympic movements, training camps in Tottori for Jamaican teams competing in events in Japan or neighbouring countries.

There will also be the sharing of specialist knowledge and expertise in various fields of sport through exchange initiatives including special envoys for coaches, the execution of special projects cross-border and the staging of public training sessions.

The officials attending the ceremony were president of the JOA Christopher Samuda, Secretary of the JOA Ryan Foster, and director of JPA Shinji Hirai, Governor of the Tottori Prefecture.

Samuda in reflecting on the partnership, described it as “a global model of mutuality and co-operation for generations in sport.”