|Speeches at the Opening Ceremony
The 5th FISU World University Baseball Championship Organizing Committee
As we start the FISU World University Baseball Championship that is taking place in Japan for the first time, I would like to show my deep appreciation of the organizing committee to the members of federations of collegiate sports from all over the world, the officials, players and may of you from eight participating countries who have contributed to the event.
The event has been held every other year and this year marks the fifth time after being held at the venues of Italy, Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Czech Republic. A number of great matches and the past events have been very successful in developing the international experience of the young generals as well.
Japanese fans are looking forward to seeing the lively game actions filled with energetic plays of each partipating team. We aspire that each player cultivates friendship and broadens the understanding of Japan. Also, for the baseball circle that is trying to bring the sport back to the Olympics, I believe the event has such a significant meaning to send the message to the whole world that baseball is a global sport.
Lastly, I would sincerely like to thank may corporation, organizations and those who give us tremendous support and helped us organize this event.
Chen Tai-Cheng, FISU
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to welcome all of you on behalf of the International University Sports Federation, or FISU.
In February 2009, when the Executive Committee of FISU met in Harbin to consider the bid to host the 5th World University Baseball Championship in Japan, I was among the first to express my support, because I knew that Japan would deliver what it promised.
Additionally, I believe it is most fitting for Japan to host this event, because baseball - one of the truly global sports - is not only Japan's national sport but it has been played in high schools and universities as a part of education for years.
FISU, as you know, is dedicated to promote the development of students' physical education and sporting life. This is why I would like to encourage all participating players to take advantage of this opportunity to broaden your international experience and forge friendships both on and off the baseball field.
Last but not least, allow me to express my gratitude to the Organizing Committee and to echo Mr. Ohashi for his remarks in thanking a number of organizations, sponsors, private citizens and, in particular, all the staff and volunteers that have been working tirelessly to ensure that this event will be a great success.
Thank you and now I am honored to invite Mr. Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, to declare the World University Championship open.