South Sudanese Athletes prepare for Tokyo Olympics in Japan

South Sudanese Athletes prepare for Tokyo Olympics in Japan

South Sudanese athletes try Japanese New Year Calligraphy and Abraham writes the chinese character "Gold" in Maebashi on Jan. 6, 2020.A group of athletes from South Sudan came to the city in November and begin an extended training program preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. South Sudan, which became independent from Sudan in 2011, is the world's youngest nation and athletes didn't have training facilities due to the civil war and others. Maebashi City decided to accept unusually long stay as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had been searching for them. The team from South Sudan consists five members, three Olympic athletes, Abraham Majok Matet Guem, Moris Lucia William Karlo and Joseph Akoon, one Paralympic athlete, Michael Machiek Ting, and a coach, Joseph Rensio. The cost for the athletes is covered by so-called "hometown taxes" collected by the city. Citizens also help them as a coach staff or volunteer interpreters. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

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January 20, 2020 12:00:00 AM
January 20, 2020 02:18:38 AM
Kuihiko Miura
Yomiuri Shimbun
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Disability sports, Sports, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Olympic games
social issue, cinflict
Maebashi, GUNMA, JAPAN
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