The Embassy of Japan and Bangladesh Olympic Association on Tuesday jointly organized the encouragement rally for the Bangladeshi Olympic team virtually as the host is excited to welcome the Bangladesh Olympic team to Tokyo.
Three Olympians representing Bangladesh - Ruman Shana, Junayna Ahmed and Abdullah Hel Baki attended the rally.
Zahid Ahsan Russel, State Minister of Youth and Sports attended it as the chief guest.
Md. Akhter Hossain, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Shaikh Bashir Ahmed, Vice President of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA), Syed Shahed Reza, Secretary General, BOA, and other high officials also attended the rally.
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki said as the host nation, they are genuinely excited to welcome the Bangladesh Olympic team to Tokyo.
"On behalf of the Japanese government and Japanese people residing in Bangladesh, I would like to convey my best wishes and a hearty send-off to the Bangladeshi Olympic team," he said.
The Ambassador said they are committed to ensuring that the Games are held safe and secure.
"Therefore, please rest assured and visit Japan without any worry. Do concentrate on your performance. The safe and secure Games in Tokyo will show the world that we can unite people's hearts and minds globally and get over the difficulties with the efforts and wisdom of humankind," said the Ambassador.
Showing gratitude to everyone, Ruman Shana and Junayna Ahmed expressed their goals to achieve their best result this time.
Zahid Ahsan Russel said, “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for organizing this pre-departure reception for Bangladesh contingent on the evening of attending TOKYO 2020 Olympic Games virtually."
He said this is a remarkable moment for Bangladesh and her best friend Japan as well.
"The relationship between Bangladesh and Japan is very much friendly and historical. Japanese government and her people have extended all-hearted sympathy to Bangladesh during the critical days of our great liberation war," he added.