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The journey of the Olympic and Paralympic flags in Japan!

The Olympic and Paralympic Flags were welcomed this week to Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture by crowds of students from the local Teizan Elementary School. The port town of Ishinomaki was among the most affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the Teizan Elementary School served as an evacuation site for many during the aftermath of the disaster. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has undertaken a number of initiatives involving local children in an effort to contribute to the steady recovery of the area.

With a little over 200 students in total, the school has been an active supporter of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the Rio 2016 Games, students created a collage of news articles about their favourite athletes, with handwritten messages cheering on their idols, which they displayed at the school’s gymnasium. The students are eagerly looking forward to the next Olympic and Paralympic Games being hosted in their own country, now only three years away.

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