10 Nov 2017

Japan Ladies Tennis Federation celebrated at IOC Awards

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Photo: IOC MediaJapan Ladies Tennis Federation honoured at IOC Women in Sport Awards

The Japan Ladies Tennis Federation was one of six change-makers recognised at the 2017 IOC Women and Sports Awards in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday 9 November.

In an evening that celebrated six-role models and influencers in advancing women in and through sport, the JLTF was awarded one of five continental trophies for its work in Asia in promoting women’s participation in tennis and producing world-class Japanese players in the process.

Founded in 1967, the JLTF has 47 branches that cover all the prefectures of Japan and has initiated a variety of activities through the country to increase women’s participation in sport.

As well as establishing a national women’s tennis championships, the JLTF holds tournaments from grassroots to the elite level, with each of the 47 branches through the country hosting seminars and training sessions designed to increase women’s participation.

It has also established a fund aiming to make society more active, including those with disabilities, and contributes to engaging youth players and promoting international cooperation and exchanges.

On top of producing world class women’s tennis players, the federation’s work has played a part in increasing women’s participation in sport more generally.