Klitschko Foundation has signed a grant agreement with the Government of Japan

On March 16, 2017 in Kyiv the official signing ceremony of the grant agreement between the Director of the Klitschko Foundation Alina Nosenko and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Mr. Shigeki Sumi.

The aim of the agreement is to grant funds to the Foundation in the amount of USD 71,574 for the reconstruction of Brovary High College of Physical Culture. This initiative is to be implemented within the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects Programme “KUSANONE”.

“I consider that the step the Embassy of Japan makes towards Ukraine is of great importance to support sport in our country. In this way, Japan shows trust to the Foundation’s activity that is carried out according to the international standards – accountably and transparently. To renew the Brovary High College of Physical Culture, the Foundation will use the money allocated by the Japanese government for the intended purpose as well as invest its own funds. I wish that this cooperation will continue not only in the area of sport, but also at the political and economic levels”, - noted Wladimir Klitschko.

“We collaborate with business and governmental organizations. But we get the government grant for the first time. This deal is a great achievement for the Foundation`s 15th anniversary we celebrate this year in August. I’m very happy for the college’s athletes, because we see our support yields wonderful results. I wish them further victories and achievements” – said Alina Nosenko, the Director of the Klitschko Foundation.

The Foundation’s cooperation with the Brovary High College of Physical Culture began a few years ago. Then, with the joint efforts there was the reconstruction for the amount of UAH 1,6 million made, there were carried out major repair works of roofs, halls for boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, cycling, and façade and toilets, locker rooms and saunas. Currently, the project aims to update handball hall and the adjacent corridor. The works involve the replacement of windows, doors, panels and roofing, floor renovation, installation of electrical wiring and so on.

“It is already the fourth project within our collaboration with the Foundation. Owing to this, approximately 300 students of the Brovary High College of Physical Culture (children from 8 to 18) will training in the decent conditions. I am grateful for the help, it will inure to the benefit for everybody”, - comments Olexandr Chygyryn, the Director of the Brovary High College of Physical Culture.

The Brovary High College of Physical Culture is a real forge for sports talents in the country. Since 1983, 16 future Honored Masters of Sports of Ukraine, 67 Masters of Sports of International Class, and more than 500 Masters of Sports of Ukraine have graduated from the College. 52 of its students have participated in the Olympics and won 10 medals. Wladimir Klitschko, Oleh Lisohor, Valentyna Shevchenko, Serhii Breus and many others are among the prominent graduates of the College.

The improvement of the educational conditions at the Brovary High College of Physical Culture is the sixth project in Ukraine under the Grant Assistance for the Cultural Grassroots Projects Programme (KUSANONE). This award is granted to non-profit organizations to preserve cultural heritage and promote culture, higher education, and sports.

“2017 is the year of Japan in Ukraine. This year, the diplomatic cooperation between Ukraine and Japan turns 20 years. That’s why the signing of this agreement is important for both countries. In 2020 there will be Olympic games in Tokyo. We hope that many Ukrainian sportsmen will take part in it”, - tells Mr. Shigeki Sumi.

Since March 2014, Japan has provided USD 1.86 billion of financial support to Ukraine in order to support Ukraine’s efforts toward stabilization and reforms.We are sincerely grateful for the help and hope for the further cooperation.