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SBD Global/December 12, 2013/Facilities
Former Japanese Tennis Player Konoshita To Fund $10M Cambodian Tennis Academy
Published December 12, 2013
Q: Can you outline this project, the logistics, cost estimates and location?
Mitsuji Konoshita: What I am looking at is an academy with 20 to 30 courts, a team of good coaches, an integrated school for players to pursue their education while training, a dormitory to house them and specialized gyms for working out. The cost of the project could be anywhere between $10 million and $20 million.
Q: You mentioned a shortlist of venues. Do you have a city in mind?
Konoshita: The short answer is yes. It's Kep. It has breathtaking scenic beauty. Most importantly, it is a safe and secure town, and the safety of the players is of paramount importance. It is not final. We are looking at other alternatives as well.
Q: As a major supporter of the Tennis Federation of Cambodia, what are your expectations from a sponsorship standpoint?
Konoshita: Quite honestly, for me, sponsoring tennis is not a business proposition. I'm not looking for any mileage for my company. The mileage I seek is for the cause of tennis. If that is served, my investment is worthwhile (PHNOM PENH POST, 12/11).