Zagreb, June 13, 2019 - President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) Zlatko Mateša received a three-member delegation of the Japanese Embassy in the Republic of Croatia, led by the new Ambassador H.E. Misako Kaji, at the premises of the National Olympic Association in Zagreb. The main topic of the talks were the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and continuation of sports cooperation between Croatian athletes and their Japanese friends, primarily from the city of Tokamachi.

The CNOC President Mateša confirmed that this summer, as well as during the next year, Tokamachi will be hosting a number of Croatian female and male athletes from five sports - cycling, judo, karate, taekwondo and shooting (trap), which will also help them a lot in preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. 


Misako Kaji said that Tokyo is eagerly awaiting the arrival of athletes from around the world, among which the Croats take a special place in terms of popularity in Japan. She spoke with admiration about our sports achievements, highlighting the martial arts master Cro Cop and tennis player Marin Čilić. The Japanese guests were pleasantly surprised by the number of more than 100 Olympic candidates in 18 sports - as the CNOC’s Olympic program Tokyo 2020 currently counts - with desire and ambition of performing at the next summer’s Games of the XXXII Olympiad. 


How much is H. E. Misako Kaji devoted to Croatia after only a month-long stay is best confirmed by her wish to be photographed with a scarf from the Croata assortment, which she received as a gift from the CNOC President Zlatko Mateša.


The meeting was attended by the Head of CNOC  International Cooperation Department Liljana Ujlaki Šubić, while H. E. Ambassador Misako Kaji was accompanied by the Japanese Embassy’s First Secretary  Chie Oshima and Counsellor and Chargé d'affaires a.i. Kazumasa Miyazaki. (CNOC/VK)