Doshin Forum “One Year to Go until the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games” was held on February 12, 2016.
First part of the forum was the talk session by the newly appointed PR Ambassadors. Hiroyasu Shimizu asked the audience to come and see the competitions so that the participating athletes can perform at their best, while Mai Asada said seeing the performance of the world’s top athletes with their own eyes will surely become an unforgettable and valuable experience for children.
The second part was the panel discussion where audience of about 500 had a chance to think about how Hokkaido can develop further as a worldwide base for winter sports by hearing about how important for the local people to participate in the Games especially in Hokkaido, how necessary to train and increase the number of skilled coaches, etc.
Thomas Wu (Vice President, International Ice Hockey Federation)
Rihito Yamamoto (Professor at Dpt. of Arts, Sports and Cultural Studies, Hokkaido University of Education Iwamizawa Campus)
Katsuhiko Ito (Chief Coach, Junior Ski Jumping Team, Ski Association of Japan)
Hiroyasu Shimizu (2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games PR Ambassador)
Mai Asada (2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games PR Ambassador)
Tetsuya Osaki (Editor at Sports Dpt., Hokkaido Shimbun Press)