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Just how far can your sport take you — perhaps all the way to Tokyo? This fall, three teams of young athletes in Tokyo — doing basketball, karate and track & field — will welcome Scandinavian doing the same sport, to train together and get to know each other, on and off the field. Apply now, for your team to be part of SAS Sport Exchange!

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The teams that are inviting:


It is free for the chosen teams?

Yes, SAS will cover the cost of round-trip travel to Tokyo, accommodation and social activities. In addition, each team will be given a fixed sum of money to cover expenses for meals and transport over and above the plane journey. Additional pocket money is not included. For a more complete description of this and all other points, see the Rules & Terms

When will the trip happen?

The selected teams must be able to travel in the period November 18th to 25th, 2019. These dates cannot be changed, any the selected teams must have exemption from attending school on these dates

What will happen during the stay?

After arriving in Tokyo, the teams will first have some time to rest and settle in. They will spend the following days with their respective Japanese host teams. In concrete terms, the program will consist of approximately five days’ joint training, combined with social and cultural activities. A more detailed itinerary will be provided closer to departure. A film team will be present throughout the stay to document everything that happens.

Who can apply?

SAS Sport Exchange is open for all basketball, karate or running teams in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Based on the age of the hosts, those who apply should be aged 15-16 (born in 2003—2004), and the teams can consist of girls, boys, or both. Remember that all participants must have the consent of their parents or guardians.

How many people can a team consist of?

The maximum number of participants who may travel is 12. In addition, each team must have at least two, at most three, adult coaches, parents or guardians.

Where will we stay?

In true team spirit, the participants will be accommodated in dormitories near the training facilities.

Is it safe to travel to Japan?

Yes, it is! Representatives from SAS will also be present and available throughout the stay, in addition to the adults accompanying each team.

Do you need a visa?

No, Scandinavian citizens do not need a visa for visits to Japan lasting less than 90 days. All you need is a valid passport and travel insurance.

Do you need vaccines?

No, there are no special requirements for vaccines when traveling to Japan. If you are in doubt for any reason, please consult your doctor.

Do you need to bring your own training equipment?

Pack what you usually bring to practice. SAS and the hosting teams will take care of everything else.

What if a participant has medical requirements?

The coach or guardian traveling with the team must be approved by the participant's guardian to properly handle the medical need. All travelers must have valid travel insurance.

Do we need any prior knowledge of Japanese language or culture?

No, you don’t need any prior knowledge of this kind.

What kind of weather can we expect there?

November is one of the best months to visit Tokyo, without the heavy rainfall or extremely high temperatures that are common in summer. The average temperature in Tokyo in November is 16°C.

How will the teams be chosen?

Applicants are encouraged to present themselves in a video lasting up to two minutes. The choice will be based on a holistic assessment. Sporting performance, passion and ambition are key factors, together with the motivation to participate and ability to engage and interact with others. The final selection will be made by a committee consisting of representatives from SAS, the Scandinavian Olympic Committees and SAS' creative agency.

What is the deadline for application?

Applications must be submitted no later than October 1st, 2019. Teams who have been successful in the selection process will be contacted by October 15th, 2019.

SAS strongly believes that people need to travel in order to develop and progress, both as a society and as individuals. In this context, SAS has entered into a unique partnership with all three of the Scandinavian Olympic Committees. In recognition of how the Olympics represent a celebration of friendship across borders, SAS intend to utilize the partnership to make a real difference in the lives of young people, by connecting potential Future Olympians from different parts of the world, thus demonstrating the true value of travel.

Read more about the partnership here

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