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Monday, 28 February 2005

Arabic Language Olympics

In order to promote Arabic language education in Japan, the Arabic Language Olympics was held recently in Tokyo.

Students of the Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo and Arabic language learners took part in calligraphy, typing, speech and poem-reading competitions at the school.

The school, affiliated with Saudi Arabian Embassy, held the annual event for the second time to strengthen cultural exchanges between Saudi Arabia and Japan. Saudi Arabian Ambassador Faisal Hassan Trad was present at the event.

The school, established in 1982, currently has about 140 students. It has sent 26 volunteers to the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, in which about 200 athletes from 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa are participating. They will work as interpreters and assist the athletes.

The school also offers classes in Arabic calligraphy, in which bamboo sticks are used, in addition to its day and evening language courses.

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