Mon. Dec 9th, 2019

One hundred children from Pacific island nations invited to Tokyo Olympics

In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, photo, tourists walk with their luggage past the Olympic rings in Tokyo. Tokyo is shaping up as a very pricey Olympics. Ticket demand is unprecedented, so scalping is sure to flourish. Hotel rates are soaring to five-six times normal. And getting here will be costly, particularly for fans from the Americas and Europe. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Japan has yet to decide how many from Palau will be joining the 100 children from Pacific island nations who will be invited to watch the most-anticipated Tokyo Olympics next year.

Olympic and Paralympic Minister Shunichi Suzuki, in an interview with the press during his visit in Palau on August 20, said that the organizing committee for the Olympics and Paralympics are currently discussing how many children from each Pacific island nation will be invited.

Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono first broke the news during his engagement in the Pacific region earlier this month.

Kono said that this project will help promote people-to-people exchanges between island countries from the Pacific and Japan.

“We hope to have further active exchanges among children who will be the future of both countries,” Kono said before the Palau press.

The Tokyo Olympics is slated July 24 to August 9, 2020.

Select athletes from Palau will also compete in some sports events during the Olympics. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)