September 17, 2011
The opening ceremony of the 45th National Deaf Sports Meet, sponsored by the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, was held in Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture on September 16. It was the first time in 31 years since the last one held in the prefecture.
About 1,600 players, 1,500 officials and sign language interpreters participated in the event, which will last through September 18 with ten games, such as baseball, volleyball, truck and field, at 4 cities and 11 venues.
At the opening ceremony, about 800 players and officers attended following the leader with the placard in order of the prefectures.
ITO Teruo, vice president of the Aichi Association of the Deaf and the head of the organising committee, greeted saying "We are glad especially to welcome participation of a total of 40 players from three prefectures (Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima), stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake last March."
Governor OMURA Hideaki and, Kariya City Mayor TAKENAKA Yoshinori Takenaka and others gave a welcome remark in sign language, respectively.