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Understanding the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Written by Izu City CIR Tanner Tallari
日本語版

Do you know what's happening here in Japan in the year 2020?

From October, 2018 to March, 2019, I'll be holding classes on the Olympic and Paralympic games at elementary and middle schools throughout Izu City!

The Olympic and Paralympic games have a long history as being the largest international sporting events in the world. The motto for Tokyo 2020 is: Sport has the power to change the world and our future.


Left: Learning about the Tokyo 2020 mascots


Right: Learning Olympic and Paralympic sports with a Japanese card game


Above: “Just two more years until Tokyo 2020!”


In this class, I teach kids what the Olympic and Paralympic games are all about, and what to expect from Tokyo 2020. For Izu City, a host town for Tokyo 2020, I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to get engaged with sports and foreign culture.

Right: Group photo with the 6-year students at Shuzenji Elementary




We have a really fun time together, so I’m happy too! Let’s enjoy the cycling games (track race and mountain bike) in Izu City!

☆★☆ Comments from the Kids ☆★☆

1) “Tanner’s explanation for the Olympics and Paralympics was so easy to understand that I was amazed! I’m also happy to know that new sports have been added for Tokyo 2020. The Olympic and Paralympic card game was very fun, and I’m glad that I was able to learn that there are so many different sports!”
2) “I didn’t know about the Paralympics before, so I’m happy to have been able to discover it. The Olympic and Paralympic card game had pictures on the cards, so we could learn about the sports. It was lots of fun, and I want to see Tokyo 2020 in action!”
3) “Listening to Tanner, I could really feel that Tokyo 2020 is just around the corner. I learned a lot about the Olympics and Paralympics, and it became a great memory. Class was lots of fun!”
4) “Thanks to this class, I’m really looking forward to Tokyo 2020. I was surprised to see just how many different sports there are among the Olympic and Paralympic games.”
5) “I’m glad that I could learn about the Olympics and Paralympics, since I didn’t really know about them before. I’d like to see baseball and the other new sports added for Tokyo 2020!”
6) “I learned that there are lots of different sports in the Olympics and Paralympics. For the Olympics, I want to see sport climbing. For the Paralympics, I want to see wheelchair tennis.”

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