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Future Olympians will travel with SAS to Tokyo

October 25, 2019 15:45

The Swedish basketball club team Malbas P04 from Malmö, the Danish karate club AKD Karate from Allerød and the Norwegian athletics club IL Tyrving from Bærum will be traveling to Tokyo this November to train as well as exchange experiences with local Japanese sportsmen and women ahead of the 2020 summer Olympics.  

As part of the partnership with the three Scandinavian Olympic committees DIF, NIF and SOK, SAS launched the Future Olympians campaign last August, with the aim of finding three Scandinavian youth teams from the worlds of basketball, athletics and karate to join in an exchange program with local sportsmen and women in Tokyo.

It has now been announced that there will be the Swedish team Malbas from Malmö, who will be representing basketball, the Danish club AKD Karate from Allerød, who will be representing karate, and the Norwegian team IL Tyrving from Bærum, who will be representing athletics.

“We received an unbelievably good response from youth teams right across Scandinavia, who all showed enormous commitment. We are now looking to send the selected teams and and athletes to Tokyo to experience the Olympic village together with local athletes,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer at SAS.

For a week in November, the teams will train together with young Japanese men and women in basketball, athletics and karate.

“The teams were selected based on an overall assessment. Key criteria were sporting performance and ambition, together with the motivation for taking part. The teams demonstrate a huge love for sport as well as good social kinship. These are young people who we both cheer on and want to get to know better,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer.

The Japanese teams who will play host to their Swedish, Norwegian and Danish colleagues have themselves been successful in basketball, athletics and karate, and are all from Tokyo. The teams have been selected as part of the Olympic partnership between SAS and the Scandinavian Olympic committees.

The project is part of SAS’ crossborder partnership with the three Scandinavian Olympic committees and means, among other things, that SAS is the main partner for the Scandinavian Olympic committees ahead of and during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020 and Winter Olympics in Peking 2022.

For further information, please contact SAS’ press office, tel +46 8 797 29 44

Photos: Photo credits SAS

Application video Malbas04:

Application video IL Tyrving:

Application video AKD Karate:

For more information, please contact:  
SAS Press office, phn +46 8 797 2944

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