Ajinomoto lends nutritional support to TEAM JAPAN at 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics

A highlight item of Ajinomoto’s meals for TEAM JAPAN is the Winning Meals Kachimeshi “Umami Soup” Paris Special

Ajinomoto, a JOC and JPC official sponsor, has announced its nutritional support plan for TEAM JAPAN, the Japanese Olympic and Paralympic Teams participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games on 26 Jul. Utilising its “AminoScience,” Ajinomoto will help the Olympic athletes maintain peak condition throughout the Games.

In collaboration with the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC) of the Japan Para Sports Association, Ajinomoto will establish an on-site facility to support the nutritional needs of TEAM JAPAN athletes during Paris 2024. At the Olympic Games Paris 2024, Ajinomoto will supply TEAM JAPAN athletes with six types of amino acid granules supplements, amounting to a total of 200,000 sachets. These include aminoVITAL, a product developed from the latest sports nutrition science research, aimed at enhancing overall sports conditioning.

“For more than 115 years, Ajinomoto has been focusing on solving nutritional issues through the use of amino acids, bringing innovations with advanced technologies. With 20 years of our athlete support work, we have been contributing to their health, self-realisation, challenges, and victories in competitive sports through amino acids and nutrition while respecting their ideal selves and diverse individualities. We are excited to collaborate with JOC and JPC, aligning our shared passions to support TEAM JAPAN’s journey to Paris 2024, to contribute to the athletes’ self-realisation and well-being,” said Taro Fujie, president and CEO of Ajinomoto.

Building on successful collaborations at previous global events such as the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, Olympic Games Beijing 2022, and Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, Ajinomoto will again support the G-Road Station, a nutritional support base established by JOC and designed to help athletes maintain optimal condition leading up to their competitions. This dining station will serve an array of traditional Japanese light meals, featuring white rice, dashi chazuke, side dishes, and miso soup, providing balanced nutrition and a relaxing space to invigorate TEAM JAPAN’s athletes.

Under the guidance of Ryuji Teshima, the owner and Michelin-starred, Japanese-French chef of Restaurant Pages in Paris, Ajinomoto has unveiled its highlight dish for TEAM JAPAN Paris 2024: the Winning Meals Kachimeshi “Umami Soup” Paris Special. The menu, which features a soup, contains a strong umami flavour due to the synergistic effect of inosinic acid of the fond (French broths) extracted from spent hens, and glutamic acid from AJI-NO-MOTO. It also includes gyoza dumplings from Ajinomoto Foods Europe, which are produced in France and other countries. The dish offers a balanced nutritional profile that satisfies the tastebuds and nourishes the mind and body.

“I’ve been using my Japanese identity as an asset in France. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to harness the power of umami for top athletes through my involvement with the Ajinomoto’s Victory Project. I will send cheers through the soup so that TEAM JAPAN Paris 2024 can be energised by deliciousness. Let’s strive for excellence together!” said Ryuji Teshima, the owner and Michelin-star Japanese French chef of Restaurant Pages.

During the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, in collaboration with the JPC, Ajinomoto will set up a Café Du Dashi, a relaxing space for athletes. This follows positive feedback received from the Japan Paralympic Team at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games, where the dashi broth was praised for its umami flavour and calming effect in a tense environment.

Since 2003, as an official partner of the JOC, Ajinomoto has been promoting the Victory Project, a nutrition and conditioning support initiative utilising amino acids to help top athletes excel globally. In 2016, this project expanded to support the Japan Paralympic Team in partnership with the JPC.

The Ajinomoto Group remains committed to respecting the aspirations and diverse personalities of athletes, supporting mental and physical health through “AminoScience,” and working towards achieving wellness. The knowledge gained through these initiatives will be harnessed to contribute to the well-being of consumers worldwide.