Although the road to Tokyo for the 32nd Olympiad is not cheap, the Barbados Lottery is doing their part to defray costs.

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This was part of the presentation marking a one year countdown at the Barbados Olympic Association’s headquarters in Wildey yesterday.

The raising of the Olympic and Japanese flags was performed by a contingent of the Barbados Cadet Corps.


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The #Barbados #Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) began their one-year countdown to the Olympics, #Tokyo Japan 2020. Their partner and benefactor, the Barbados Lottery is launching a scratch game on Monday 29th in association with the BOA to mark this occasion. Participants heard from, among others, Patrick Clunis, Account Development Manager, IGT Global Services Ltd. parent company of @mybarbados.lottery; Anicia Wood, Chairperson of BOA’s Athletes’ Commission and Japan’s Ambassador to Barbados, H.E. Teruhiko Shinada. And there was also a steel pan interlude with Ariel Nurse. In addition to a flag raising ceremony, the Tokyo countdown clock was also launched at the Barbados Olympic Association Inc’s headquarters, Wildey, St. Michael. The #BOA joins with the rest of the world in promoting the #Olympic Games over the next 365 days. The Barbados Lottery is supporting this initiative. ‘Going for Gold’ was launched in 2015 to generate funds to support athletes to Rio 2016. The Lottery has relaunched the scratch game to support athletes preparing for Tokyo 2020. Tickets will be only $3 each and there’s a chance to win a maximum of $20,000 and the monies earned from ‘Going for Gold’ will be presented in April next year, in time for the funds to be drawn down as the 7 athlete delegation travels for #Nanyo, a 2 hr bullet train ride from Tokyo.

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The Barbados Lottery has a new game “Going For Gold” starting from Monday where players spend as little as $3 for a ticket and can win up to $20,000! Part of the proceeds from this scratch game will be donated in a special ceremony in April 2020.

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Also providing support is the Japanese Embassy to Barbados, their Ambassador Teruhiko Shinada spoke to media, athletes, executives and other participants and supporters.

BOA Director Ytannia Wiggins, who also doubled as emcee, noted 5 new sports were added for these games and saw this as an opportunity for Barbados to gain a medal once again, just like when Obadele Thompson did in 2000. Ms Wiggins expressed hope how Chelsea Tuach would pull a gold in Surfing, which is one of the five new sports added for the upcoming games…

Seven athletes will be heading for the 32nd Olympiad two weeks before it starts July 24th next year, they will stay in Nanyo City getting accustomed to the climate and Japanese culture.

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