At 13:30，April 30th, 2016, Press Conference on 2016 IFAF Youth World Championships:The Opening Ceremony of Countdown 60 Days was held in the hall of the Administrative Building, Harbin University of Commerce. The participants for this opening ceremony are the officials of IFAF, the team leaders and the coaches: Senior Vice President of International Federation of American Football, Makoto Kaneuji; President of Technical Committee of International Federation of American Football, Shige Watanabe; Leader of the Australian National Team: Michael Kerr; Coach of the Australian National Team: Luke Chapman; Leader of the Austrian National Team : Thomas Olsbock; Leader of the Canadian National Team: Shannon Donavan; Coach of The Canadian National Team: Jeff Yausie; Leader of the Japanese National Team: Shinzo Yamada; Leader of the Mexican National Team: Jose Jorge Orobio Rosas; Leader of the American National Team: Matt Ferrara; Leader of the Chinese National Team: Zhiying Gao; Leader of the Chinese National Team: Ken Li. The Preparatory Committee of 2016 IFAF Youth World Championships attended this ceremony which was hosted by the chairman of the labor union of this university Xiaomei, Li.
Senior Vice President of International Federation of American Football, Makoto Kaneuji addressed the conference firstly, in which on behalf of all the teams in IFAF, he expressed gratitude to the organizer, Harbin University of Commerce for their selfless help , to all the participants, USA, Mexico, Austria, Canada, Japan, Australia and China. Meanwhile, he also expressed his thanks to football which had taught him a lot. In his speech, he particularly expressed his appreciation on trust and teamwork spirit among all the players and coaches.
He said “ Today is the Opening Ceremony of Countdown 60 Days. In other words, we just have 60 days left for preparation. And after 60 days, we could watch the games. For the development of sports and for the promotion of all countries players, we, everybody, should unite together, work together and make great efforts together.”
And then, the dean of Preparatory Committee of 2016 IFAF Youth World Championships, the president of Harbin University of Commerce Baozhong, Xin addressed the conference. In his speech, he firstly expressed a warm welcome to Senior Vice President of International Federation of American Football, Makoto Kaneuji ,to all countries team leaders and to all the coaches. Meanwhile, he also expressed his gratitude to media members who were concerned of the development of Harbin University of Commerce.
He said that 2016 IFAF Youth World Championships would be held in Harbin University of Commerce from June 28 to July 10, 2016, which would become a memorable event in American Football history or even in Chinese Sports history. It is the first time for our Chinese mainland to hold such high level competition, which reflects IFAF’s great trust and great appreciation to our university. He, on behalf of all the members of Preparatory Committee, expressed gratitude to Mr. Kaneuji and all the IFAF members.
He stated: “Harbin University of Commerce attaches great importance to sports development. As the first university of American Football sports in China, our university offers American Football course, erects first American Football training center, and organizes first American Football team, from which, several plays attended the First World College Football Tournament.In May, this year, these football player will attend the Second World College Football Tournament held in Mexico. New York Times has created a column to report deep relations between Harbin University of Commerce and American Football. Therefore. We believe that this world youth championship will promote the development of football sports and meanwhile will make positive influence on Chinese and Western culture communication in field of sports.”
President Xin stated: “For it is the first time for the world tournament to be held in the Chinese Mainland, we would apply very excellent service with great effort. We wish this competition would promote friendship among the youth, cultural communication, and development of sports enterprises.” Finally, President Xin wished this opening ceremony would accomplish successfully, all the foreign friends could enjoy time in Harbin. He also anticipated the union in 60 days.”
Then, in the warm applause, Kaneuji, Michael Kerr, Baozhong, Xin, and Ken Li started the Countdown display screen together. And the representatives who participatedin this ceremony posed for group pictures.
People’s Daily Online, China News Service, China Educational Television, Heilongjiang Daily, Northeast Network, Harbin Daily, Harbin Television Station, Heilongjiang Morning Paper, Life Daily and New Evening Paper, ect many news media attended the ceremony and made interviews to President Baozhong, Xin and Mr. Kaneuji.