Join NOC*NSF’s Game Changer project conference

In anticipation of the Tokyo Paralympics, the LeidenAsiaCentre was requested to provide a scholarly interpretation of the Japanese context with regard to social issues surrounding disabled persons and sports. The aim of this assignment is to contextualize and analyze the outcomes of the “Game Changer Project”, an on-going effort to spread disability sports in Japan using the Tokyo 2020 Games as a catalyst for change in which NOC*NSF, the Japan Sport Council and three Tokyo districts work in close cooperation. A working paper by LeidenAsiaCentre researcher Anoma van der Veere which studies the Game Changer Project was published last year and is accessible through this link. Click here for more information on this project.

On Thursday August 19, NOC*NSF organizes the online Game Changes project conference and invites anyone interested to become a Game Changer by joining this conference. The invitation reads (click here for a link to the invitation):

“The Olympic Committee of the Netherlands (NOC*NSF) has the ambition to contribute to a longlasting social legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the host cities of the Games. After completing a successful project for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games NOC*NSF launched its second social inclusion project, the so-called Game Changer project. Through the Game Changer project NOC*NSF supports the integration of people with an impairment in the Japanese society and thereby contributes to the legacy of the Tokyo Games. In the Game Changer project, NOC*NSF closely cooperates with the Japan Sport Council (JSC) and three Tokyo districts: Edogawa City, Nishitokyo City and Adachi City. The Game Changer project is endorsed and supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Japan.

A few days before the opening of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo NOC*NSF would like to pay tribute to the successful cooperation and to the achievements of the Game Changer project so far. During the conference several project participants, experts and partners from Japan and the Netherlands will share their experience and knowledge with you. Together we will discuss the importance of the inclusion of people with an impairment in society through sport and the future of the project by holding this conference.”


For now, the following speakers have been confirmed. A detailed programme of the event will be sent to participants in due time.

  • Welcome by Mr Gerard DIELESSEN, NOC*NSF secretary general
  • Project approach and cooperation by Ms Rita VAN DRIEL, Game Changer Project Manager, IPC Governing Board member
  • 3 city mayors
  • Project participants from Edogawa City, Nishitokyo City and Adachi City
  • Japanese & Dutch Paralympic athletes
  • Research by Mr Anoma VAN DER VEERE, researcher LeidenAsiaCentre
  • Round table with municipalities representatives (senior practioners)- interviewed by Rita VAN DRIEL
  • Final comments by Mr Peter VAN DER VLIET, ambassador of het Netherlands to Japan On behalf of Japan Sport Council (JSC), the three Tokyo districts (Edogawa City, Nishitokyo City and Adachi City) and the Dutch Embassy in Japan, we like to invite you to the online conference of the Game Changer project. The 90 minutes conference will take place on Thursday, August 19 at 09:00 (CET) / 16:00 (JST) live from the studio in Papendal as well from the studio in the Residence of the Netherlands ambassador to Japan in Tokyo.

Please let NOC*NSF know if you would like to attend by registering your name and contact details at the registration page. Please register a.s.a.p. After registration you will receive your login for the event page, where you can watch the conference and sign up for other events. NOC*NSF will do its best to make your online visit as pleasant as possible. If you require any further information, please contact Annick Beukers:

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Published On: August, 2021