Left to right in the photo: Oleksandra Starkova, Sergiy Korsunsky, Oleksandra Novikova
"We sought to acquaint Ukrainian athletes not only with judo technique but also with the Japanese spirit and values. We are glad that we could convey a piece of the Japanese soul. We sincerely invite you to visit our country again," Shinichi Nakamura, president of the All Japan Judo Federation, invited Ukrainian judokas.
Left to right in the photo: Oleksandra Starkova, Oleksandra Novikova, Shinichi Nakamura
Left to right in the photo: Anatoliy Boyko, Sergiy Korsunsky, Shinichi Nakamura
"Starting the Olympic Dreams project in the spring of 2022, we did not even imagine that in 2 years we would find ourselves in Japan," noted the project's initiator, philanthropist Anatoliy Boyko. – We are happy that our athletes now have the opportunity not only to train in safe conditions but also to gain invaluable experience for future victories. We do not rest on our laurels and continue to support and develop the Olympic reserve of Ukraine."
The Japanese dream of Ukrainian judokas would not have come true without the coordinated work of the team, in particular Anatoliy Boyko, Oleksandra Novikova, Karen Balayan and Oleksandra Starkova, who at all stages of the preparation and implementation of the project devoted themselves to its performance around the clock and built a strong bridge of communication with Japan. The work of the Olympic Dreams team was awarded with diplomas from the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan.
Left to right in the photo: Oleksandra Starkova, Karen Balayan, Sergiy Korsunsky, Oleksandra Novikova
Photos by Kaoru Kure, Olena Kushnarova
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