| James Kon |
HYDROGEN gas to be produced in Brunei Darussalam by the beginning of next year is expected to fuel busses at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
This was highlighted by Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato, in an interview with the Bulletin during the celebration for Olympic Day 2019 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.
The celebration for Olympic Day 2019 was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, the President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC), and his daughter Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak ‘Aliiyah Amalul Bulqiah.
Kato told the Bulletin, “The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are utilising green technologies such as hydrogen busses. In Brunei, the hydrogen project will start operations early next year, and the gas will be exported to Japan and used for the bus transportation.”
Meanwhile, another eco-friendly milestone for the 2020 Olympics is that the winning medals will be made from recycled smartphones, laptops and other gadgets.
“Old, unwanted mobile phones were donated for recycling, and we managed to use the unwanted waste from the mobile phones to create the gold medals for the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Kato.
“People in Japan are really supporting the Olympic Games, and have come forward to volunteer. The Olympic legacy needs to be handed down to the future Olympic Games. The Japanese government also attaches great importance for the Paralympic Games, where people with different abilities can also have hopes of competing on the world stage.”
In terms of Japan’s support toward Brunei’s sporting development, he said, “Coaches dispatched from Japan to Brunei include Hanita Atsushi in youth football development, while a judo coach is also expected to come to Brunei. The Jenesys (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth Sports Exchange) programme will see rugby players (students) heading to Japan in September this year, while young football players will be going to Japan next February. Young judo athletes will also be heading to Japan, while Japanese high school students will arrive in Brunei for badminton exchanges.”