SPORT FOR TOMORROW (SFT) is an international contribution through sport initiative jointly implemented by Japanese public and private sectors.
SFT aims to share the values of sport and promote the Olympic and Paralympic Movement to people of all generations around the world including developing countries, for a better future for the world, from 2014 toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


International cooperation and exchange through Sport

With a main focus on cooperating with developing countries, we aim to promote sport and the Olympic and Paralympic movement in both tangible and intangible ways. Japan has long history to contribute to the global sport movement by sending coaches, providing equipment, assisting to enrich the sporting environment etc. This pillar aims to further implement international cooperation and exchange programmes through the strategic and best use of existing resources.

Cote d'Ivoire
Karate dojo establishment/tournament
Asia Oceania
UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme
Asian nations
Football player development/exchange support

Academy for Tomorrow’s Leaders in Sport

The International Sport Academy, a part of ‘Sport for Tomorrow’, is an international platform where students can learn about Olympic and Paralympic Education; Sport Management; Sport Science and Medicine; Sport for Development and Peace; and Teaching, Coaching and Physical Education (PE) with practical knowledge to lead the sporting world in the 21st century. The new academies invite young people from all over the world to develop tomorrow’s leading administrators, coaches, and academics in sport. 18 months master course and 2 weeks short programmes are provided every year.

University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS)
Nippon Sport Science University
Coach Developer Academy
National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya
International Sport Academy

“PLAY TRUE 2020” – Develop sport integrity through strengthening the global anti-doping activities

“PLAY TRUE 2020” is to bring a long-lasting impact to enrich the lives of young people and the society with Play True values. By building the even stronger anti-doping capacity and network, it is aimed to protect and promote the sport integrity and the positive values through sport. Under the PLAY TRUE 2020, the following five activities are to be implemented: 1) global capacity building, 2) development of values-based education programme, 3) development of core professionals, 4) conducting social science research, and 5) hosting international conferences.

International Symposiums
Education and information sessions
Educational activities for top athletes


The SPORT FOR TOMORROW Consortium is headed by a management committee comprising personnel from the the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japan Sports Agency. It also includes Consortium Members representing organizations that share the values and aims of the SPORT FOR TOMORROW initiative.

The conceptual diagram of the SPORT FOR TOMORROW Consortium

Main Activities Field of the Steering Committee

Activities Field Improve sports-related facilities and provide equipment Send athletes, instructors, coaches, and PE teachers in order to support and spread sport to the public and to develop human resources Invite athletes, instructors, coaches and experts to Japan Train future sport leaders at the new international sport academies Carrrying out cultural exchange programmes abroad through Sport Develop and organise sport activities for people with an impairment Conduct various seminars and training programmes in Japan Conduct various seminars and training programmes outside Japan Connect "PLAY TRUE" spirit Send experts to introduce Japanese Sporting Culture such as "UNDOKAI"(traditonal sport festival) Carry out technical cooperation in the field of sport
Japan Sports Agency
*Dissoloved (2020.3)
Tokyo 2020

Accreditation Program

Sports associations, NGOs, NPOs, local public bodies, private businesses, and universities conducting sports or international exchange programs can be accredited for participation in SPORTS FOR TOMORROW activities to share their know-how and expertise.

Examples of Accreditation