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International Sports Promotion Society
International Sports Promotion Society
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AbbreviationISPS, ISPS HANDA
Formation2006 (2006)
FounderHaruhisa Handa
PurposeTo increase welfare through sports[1]
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan

International Sports Promotion Society (?, Kokusai Sp?tsu Shink? Kyoukai) (ISPS, also known as ISPS Handa) is a Japanese non-profit organization known for sponsorship of the PGA Seniors Championship and LPGA Women's Australian Open tournaments and promotion of dedicated to promoting the involvement of the visually disabled in golfing. ISPS Handa supports blind golf worldwide. ISPS Handa is a member of the Tokyo Sports Association, a public interest incorporated foundation.[2] The founder Haruhisa Handa is known for promoting Blind Golf and introducing blind golf to Japan.[3] ISPS is committed to promote disabled golf to be adopted as an official event of the Paralympics.[4]


  • ISPS Handa was founded in 2006, establishing "Handa Cup" in US, as well as the "Handa Australian Cup" in Australia to fund and support LPGA senior golf tournaments. It also began organizing amateur events such as the Handa Cup All-Japan Golf Tutors Pro-Am Open Championship.
  • Since 2007, ISPS Handa has also supported bowling tournaments in Japan, and has co-sanctioned Handa Cup Japan Pro Bowling Championship and Handa Cup All Japan Women's Pro Bowling Championship. It also began to establish and support tournaments for international major tours.
  • Since 2010, ISPS Handa has been hosting championships in Japan such as: JPGA Senior Tour and JGTO Challenge Tournament, including the ISPS Handa Cup Senior Masters.
  • In January 2012, ISPS Handa established the ISPS Handa PGA Academy Program, in which system UK professional golfers provide instruction to blind golfers, in collaboration with the PGA European Tour.[5]
  • In 2013, ISPS Handa organized World Sports Values Summit for Peace in Tokyo.[6][7]
  • In July 2014, ISPS Handa started supporting Mpumalanga Black Aces F.C. in the Republic of South Africa.[8]
  • In June 2015, ISPS Handa founded ISPS Handa Global Cup, its first hosting tournament in association with Japan Golf Tour Organization.[9]


ISPS Handa promotes disabled golf and blind golf,[10] and provides management and financial support to a number of tournaments in cooperation with the local golf associations worldwide.

There have been a number of tournaments organized entitled "ISPS", the abbreviation of International Sports Promotion Society and "HANDA" which is the last name of Haruhisa Handa, the Chairman, as well as the combined title "ISPS HANDA". ISPS Handa became the title sponsor for the 2013 Golf World Cup, resulting in the official title of the tournament as "ISPS Handa World Cup Golf".[11][12][13][14]

The 6th PGA Handa Cup Philanthropy Senior Tournament (organized by The Professional Golfers' Association of Japan), had total prize money 5 times higher than the previous year's (2006 The 5th PGA Philanthropy Rebornest Senior Open), becoming the first "Total Prize Money 100,000,000 yen Tournament" in the history of the PGA Senior Tour. Since its 11th event in 2012, this Tournament has been organized by ISPS, and the 2014 event was entitled as the "ISPS Handa Cup Philanthropy Senior Tournament".

The ISPS Handa Global Cup (Japan Golf Tour Organization) launched in June, 2015, was broadcast overseas as a golf program with a commentator in English for the first time in the golf history of Japan. Besides the TV broadcast, the program was also distributed online through Ustream. The winner received as a prize a Japanese green Haori, instead of the green jacket.[15]

Current ISPS Handa Events

Tour Tournament Year Location
Ladies European Tour
ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open 2012-present New Zealand
ALPG Tour, LET, LPGA Tour ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open 2010-present Australia
PGA Tour of Australasia BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open 2016-present New Zealand
N/A The Masters Media Dinner 2013-present United States
N/A The ISPS Handa Mike Tindall 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Classic 2013-present England
European Seniors Tour ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship 2012-present England
Japan Golf Tour ISPS Handa Global Cup 2015-present Japan
Ladies European Tour ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters 2012-present England
Legends Tour ISPS Handa Cup 2006-present United States
N/A Duke of York Young Champions Trophy 2011-present United Kingdom
IBGA ISPS Handa World Blind Golf Championship 2014-present Worldwide
IBGA ISPS Handa Australian Blind Golf Open 2014-present Australia
IBGA ISPS Handa Austrian Blind Golf Open 2014-present Austria
IBGA ISPS Handa British Blind Golf Open 2014-present Great Britain
IBGA ISPS Handa Ressmeyer Cup 2014-present Italy
IBGA ISPS Handa Canadian Blind Golf Open 2014-present Canada
IBGA ISPS Handa US Blind Golf Open 2014-present United States
IBGA ISPS Handa South African Open 2014-present South Africa
IBGA ISPS Handa Italian Blind Open 2014-present Italy

Past ISPS Handa Events

Tour Tournament Year Country
PGA Tour ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf 2013 Australia
Ladies European Tour
Solheim Cup 2013 United States
Japan High School Golf Association
South Korea School Golf Association
Handa Cup Japan-South Korea Junior Championship 2010-2014 Japan
JPGA ISPS Handa Cup Philanthropy Senior Tournament 2007-2014 Japan
European Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open 2012-2014 Wales
European Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
ISPS Handa Perth International 2012-2014 Japan
Sunshine Tour
European Tour
The Nelson Mandela Championship 2012-2013 South Africa
Asian Tour Faldo Series Asia 2013-2014 Asia
Asian Tour Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic (Faldo Series Asia) 2012 Cambodia
PGA Tour Tavistock Cup 2013 United States
Ladies European Tour Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open 2013 Scotland
Legends Tour ISPS Handa Legend's Tour Open Championship 2007-2012 Australia
Golf Australia Handa Australian Senior Open 2007-2012 Australia
European Seniors Tour Handa Irish Senior Open 2010 Ireland
Asian Tour ISPS Handa Singapore Classic 2007 Singapore
JFOS, ISPS Handa Cup Japan golf leader Professional-amateur open 2006-2014 Japan
ISPS ISPS Handa Heroes 2012-2014 United States
Faldo Series Faldo Series USA Grand Final 2013-2014 United States
ISPS ISPS Handa Cup Senior Masters 2010-2011 Japan
ALPG Tour ISPS Handa Australia Cup 2006-2011 Australia
ISPS ISPS Charity Challenge Tournament[16][17] 2013 Japan
ISPS ISPS Glowing Senior Open 2012 Japan
ISPS Handa Cup Senior Championship 2007, 2009 Japan
ISPS Handa Cup Tournament 2010 Japan
ISPS Handa Cup Tournament Under 30?[18] 2010 Japan
Golf Australia Handa Junior Masters 2009, 2011 Australia
Handa Cup Philanthropy in China CGA Challenge Tour 2010 China
JFOS Handa Cup International 2009 China


ISPS co-sanctioned the World Sports Values Summit for Peace in Tokyo, which was held on 18-19 July 2013. Top athletes and researchers came together from 16 countries around the world to discuss the topic "Sports can contribute to harmonize the development of humanity and to establish and encourage a peaceful society".

At the World Sports Values Summit for Peace and Development, held on 23-24 May 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York City, a partnership between ISPS and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was announced.[19]

Japan Bowling

In Japan ISPS supports bowling, hosting national tournaments throughout the year. In Japan roughly 20% of the population bowls, compared with the 13.8% who play golf. However, the number of bowling alleys has decreased from 3,000 to 1,000. Through the support of the ISPS, a number of bowling events have been held and the professionalism of the sport has been advanced.

Operated Co-Sanctioned Title Year
Japan Professional Bowling Association ISPS Handa Cup Japan Pro Bowling Championship[20] 2007-present
Japan Professional Bowling Association ISPS Handa Cup All Japan Women's Pro Bowling Championship 2007-present
Japan Professional Bowling Association ISPS Handa Cup Senior Ladies Pro Bowling Tournaments in Japan 2008-present
Japan Professional Bowling Association ISPS Handa Cup Philanthropy Pro Bowling Tournaments in Japan 2009-present
Japan Professional Bowling Association ISPS Handa Cup Philanthropy Ladies Professional Bowling Tournaments in Japan 2009-present
Japan Professional Bowling Association ISPS Handa Cup Pro Bowling Masters in Japan 2010-present
Japan Ladies Bowling Club ISPS Handa Cup Platinum Ladies Bowling Tournaments in Japan 2009-present


Founder and Chairman
  • Haruhisa Handa
Honorary Chairman
Affiliation pro

See also


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  2. ^ "" (PDF) (in Japanese). Tokyo. 2013-03-01. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Olympics-Father of blind golf pushing for Paralympic place". Reuters. 2012-06-29. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Barrett Wissman (December 9, 2015). "Haruhisa Handa in Tokyo: Lost and Found in Translation". Forbes. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ ?2 [Zoku Akasuri Handa Theater 2]. Sports Nippon (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan. July 20, 2014.
  6. ^ 16? [World Sports Values Summit for Peace Opens - Participants from 16 Nations]. Daily Sports (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan. July 19, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ - [World Sports Values Summit for Peace in Tokyo is Held - The Power of Sports is Infinite]. PGA News (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Professional Golfers' Association of Japan. July 19, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Mpumalanga Black Aces proud of ISPS kit deal". Kick Off. July 31, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ ! ISPS [ISPS Handa Global Cup of the press conference held]. ALBA (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan. July 1, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "ISPS Handa and LET sign new agreement". Golf Monthly. Time Inc. (UK) Ltd. December 1, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "ISPS HANDA becomes title sponsor of World Cup of Golf". PGA European Tour. September 11, 2013.
  12. ^ "ISPS?" [ISPS Handa becomes title sponsor of World Cup of Golf]. ParGolf (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Pargolf & Company. September 11, 2013.
  13. ^ "ISPS?" [ISPS Handa becomes title sponsor of World Cup of Golf]. Golf Digest (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan. September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "ISPS HANDA becomes title sponsor of World Cup of Golf 2013". Sankei Sports (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan. September 12, 2013.
  15. ^ "?3" [Zoku Akasuri Handa Theater 3]. Sports Nippon (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan. August 13, 2014.
  16. ^ "ISPS Charity Challenge Tournament 2012". JAPAN GOLF TOUR ORGANIZATION. 2012. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "ISPS Charity Challenge Tournament 2013". JAPAN GOLF TOUR ORGANIZATION. 2013. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Remarks by H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser United Nations High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations At The World Sports Values Summit for Peace and Development". UNAOC. UNAOC. 2014-05-22. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "HANDA CUP" (PDF). Japan Professional Bowling Association. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-23. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "?" [Profile of Miki Sakai] (in Japanese). Japan Golf Association. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "" [Profile of Satoshi Nakayama] (in Japanese). Japan Golf Association. Retrieved .

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