To boost training: Japan offers Cameroon Shooting Federation five rifle jackets.
The donation was handed to officials of FECATIR during a ceremony in Yaounde yesterday. The event took place at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon, His Excellency Takaoka Nozomu.
Takaoka said the offer is to enable riflemen in Cameroon train and better prepare for future competitions nationally and internationally. The consignment comprised of five shooting jackets was handed over to the President of FECATIR, Colonel Dieudonné Ayissi.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the Secretary General in the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, Dissake Mbarga; the Secretary General at the Cameroon Olympic and Sports Committee, David Ojong and a host of other officials.
“The donation of shooting clothes to the federation is from the President of the Japanese Shooting Federation and seeks to further strengthen collaboration in the domain of shooting between both federations,” the Japanses diplomat stated.
He expressed the desire to see more Cameroonians take interest in the sports. “I hope the young Cameroonian athletes will practice harder and so that they will play in national and international competitions and why not meet Japan at the finals of the Olympics and possibly winning the final of the competition,” Takaoka stated.
Commitment to continually boost ties
Ambassador Takaoka said Japan has for many years been supporting Cameroon other domains such as politics, economic and cultural spheres alongside sports.
Cameron and Japan, he said, have in for decades been engaged in win-win partnerships. He reiterated that his country remains ready to always use every opportunity to strengthen its relationship with Cameroon.
His Excellency Takaoka Nozomu, Japanses Ambassador to Cameroon speaking to reporters
Equipment to help in talent detection
The Secretary General of the Cameroon Olympic and Sports Committee, COSC, David Ojong said the donation will help in talent detection and promote sports in Cameroon.
The development of sports, Ojong stated, will always begin with the detection, training, preparation and participation of new talents in competitions. He lauded the Japanese government for the offer, stating that the consignment will help Cameroonians prepare for future competitions.
Enter FECATIR officials
To the President of FECATIR, Colonel Dieudonné Ayissi, the jackets made of up shooting shirts and trousers will boost performance in upcoming competitions.
These jackets, he regretted come at a time when the federation lacks some other essential materials. “We need shooting stands, equipped shooting spaces so we could be able to train and qualify our teams for international competitions among them Confederation and Olympic competitions,” Colonel Ayissi stated.
He said the offer shows the Japanese hold them in high esteem. The FECATIR boss said the items will be put to good use. He also used the occasion to call on public authorities to support the federation.
The Technical Adviser to the President of FECATIR, Dr Belibi Edza Fernand, on his part said the offer will raise quality and standards.
“We cannot shoot without a jacket and these jackets are important for us at the level of the federation. We pray this continues. This is a great opportunity to the federation and its talents to grow,” Edza stated.