The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Tsukuba, Japan, to strengthen the existing bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in the field of sports, and seeking to encourage the exchange of athletes and sports personnel.
With the Olympics to be held in Tokyo in 2020, there will be a lot of interest in various disciplines to visit Japan for training and competition, to be acclimatised to the conditions there in the run-up to the Games.
It cannot be a one-way affair, and thus the MoU, to be in effect for three years, would encourage and promote "an exchange of programs, experiences, skills, techniques, information and knowledge which may include, Olympic and Paralympic education; exchange programs and visits by faculty, officials and sports personnel; training, exchange and attachment programmes for sports science personnel; coaches education; curriculum development, sports education, sports management; training and competition of athletes, teams and coaches; exchange of technology, infrastructure and programs for the development of information and research."
There will be exchange of faculty and experts, teaching curriculum material on sports, information on sports development and training systems, collaboration in research and development.
Funding arrangements will be made on a case-to-case basis, and could be cost-neutral.
In case of journeys or activities undertaken in the interest of one party only, the cost would be met by the concerned party.
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