On February 12, 2016, Katsuhiro Akimoto, President of the Games Organising Committee and also Mayor of Sapporo, presented the letter of delegation to Hiroyasu Shimizu and Mai Asada, the newly appointed PR Ambassador of the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games.
“I would like to make the Games not only for the athletes but also for everyone.” said Shimizu. “And that will help raising the motivation of the participating athletes.”
Asada said “I would like to promote the Games as much as I can, especially among the people outside of Hokkaido.”
From now on, they will help promoting the Games and winter sports in general in and outside of Japan by attending Games events.