After a successful Okinawa Corporate Games in 2015, the Games returned to the beautiful Japanese Island 0nce again over the weekend. The Okinawan edition of the Games was one of the first on the calendar this year, and it has truly reignited the Corporate Games spirit in style. Organisations of all sizes got involved – from those that took part in 2015 returning to the Games, as well as lots of new businesses alike. The number of employees taking part had grown from last year and there were over 180 different organisations represented. It was superb to see such a wide range of Okinawan, Japanese and International businesses getting involved. The Games commenced at the impressive Okinawa Convention Centre which is famous for its iconic roof and spacious capacity.
The number of sponsors and partners supporting the event was huge and included internationally recognised organisations such as Toyota, Canon and Fujitsu. Toyota have since released a statement describing their time at the Games: “We think its a magnificent event where you can exchange ideas with other businesses, and the wide age ranges also allow people to exchange ideas with colleagues who they may not usually interact with. We already have some colleagues planning for next years Corporate Games. We would like to thank you for providing this great opportunity to us and wish the Games hosts the best of luck in continuing to build this great fun event to a huge scale.”
The Okinawa Corporate Games featured an impressive programme of 12 sports across the weekend, including: futsal, dodgeball, tenpin bowling and relay marathon some of the most popular. Open water swimming was a real spectacle to see, as the briefings took place on one of the beautiful beaches of Okinawa. Fortunately, each sport was highly popular and a healthy competitive nature was felt throughout all of the sporting competitions taking place. However, the respect between the competitors was unrivalled. with bows and handshakes before each fixture in addition to bows, handshakes and rounds of applause after every match.
The Games saw one of the largest division 1 categories ever seen, with vast numbers of companies entering smaller teams consisting between 1-5 employees.
Overall, the feedback so far has been incredible and there is a real buzz surrounding the Games in Okinawa which was a completely new type of event for the Island. Okinawa is renowned for its beautiful scenic views and fantastic world-class beaches which made the Games that little bit more special. However, the Games also highlighted the quality sporting venues, spaces and facilities which the Japanese island has to offer.
AIG were again winners of the Sport For Life Grand award and were highly visible in their bright Blue shirts across the weekend. Here their Ten Pin Bowlers show their pride and unity in the Games.
The Grand Parade was well attended again for all of the divisions and the famous tennis ball hit out was very popular with two local Mayor’s and the Chief executive of OTS launching the balls into the expectant crowds. Winners received gifts from the famous Japanees sports brand Mizuno who were also one of the sponsors on the event.
The celebrations and parties were incredible too with a host of amazing artists booked to perform for the excited competitors.
Congratulations to everyone who took part over the weekend, it was yet another great weekend to bring people together. It boosted community cohesion, put the Island on the international map and brought people together from all walks of life. Watch this space for news and updates on future Games around the world. If you are looking to get involved in next years Okinawa Corporate Games you can contact the team below and they will be more than happy to help you!
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