JENESYS 2019, an international exchange project for ASEAN countries and East Timor youths, uses rugby as part of “Impact Beyond 2019” through Asian Scrum Project. It was held from September 13th to 16th in Gotemba, Shizuoka and organized by JRFU.
The purpose of this project is to increase the awareness of Rugby World Cup in 2019 in Japan and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo in 2020. This is the fourth consecutive year since 2016 that this project has been held and the participants were invited from 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and East Timor. The participants included youths, officials from each rugby union/federation and supervisors from each country.
This year, there were 164 participants who visited Tokyo and Shizuoka. At the Tokinosumika Sports Centre in Shizuoka, the practices and friendly matches were held with the support of Tokai University Shizuoka Shoyo High School Female rugby team, Yumazu Kougyou High School Male rugby team, Shizuoka Rugby Football Union and student s’ coaches. Shizuoka is one of the host cities of this year’s RWC and this project was able to make a huge contribution towards the Shizoka’s legacy program.