The IOC special aid program, the Tsubasa Project, has brought smiles to the faces of many children and given hope to young athletes. Tsubasa means "wing" in Japanese, and we hope that these young people will take wing and fly into the future of their dreams.
You have, in the spirit of the Olympic Movement, given them something about which to dream, given them motivation. You have shown them that they should move forward with courage and conviction. I have heard that an important aspect of the Olympics is the leaving of legacies. Well, your legacy will certainly live on in the hearts of these young people.
I would like to commend the IOC for giving form to the philosophy of the Olympic Movement and for doing it so well. I have met members of the Olympic Family on different occasions in the past, but have never seen so many of you together, and it is an impressive sight indeed. At the same time, it brings back many fond memories of shared moments with you.
I am delighted to have been able to make new acquaintances during this visit, and I dare hope that our paths will cross again. Perhaps now that I have shared this special moment with you, you will in the future consider me to be an honorary, peripheral member of the Olympic Family.