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​Sports Department Inks Memorandum with Shizuoka City

​Sports Department Inks Memorandum with Shizuoka CityDuring an online conference on November 24, the Taipei City Sports Department (SPD) and Shizuoka City Government finalized a memorandum on strengthening sports exchange to build stronger ties between the two municipalities.
 
The document was signed by Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun of Taipei City and Mayor Tanabe Nobuhiro of Shizuoka City. The dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony include Taipei City Councilor Chen Chung-wen, Commissioner of External Affairs Tom Chou, Chief Takano of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Taipei Office’s Cultural Affairs and Public Relations Department, and Director Miyazaki of Shizuoka Prefecture Office in Taiwan.
 
During his address, Deputy Mayor Tsai remarked that sports exchange plays an important role in building a closer relation among people across national and political borders. Through such interactions, citizens can learn more about sportsmanship, enhance physical prowess through competitions, and establish friendly ties with others.
 
According to SPD, the initial contact between the agency and Shizuoka City took place during the 2014 Taipei International Marathon, which led to the signing of the MOU on Marathon Collaboration between the 2 municipalities. Since then, athletes from both cities visit the other municipality and take part in sports events on a regular basis. While the pandemic hindered visits for over 2 years, the two municipalities signed the new memorandum to expand existing collaborations.
 
As an effort to increase exchanges, Shizuoka City Government met with Sports Commissioner Li Tzai-li virtually on November 15 to discuss the expansion of sports exchange categories and setting up a framework for regular meetings. Through the new memorandum, the two sides agreed to include basketball into the scope of future sports exchanges.