Pyeongchang 2018 President Cho Yang-ho was given the chance to present the Organising Committee’s Olympic Truce Programme after he attended the annual Executive Board Meeting of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF) at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne.
During the presentation, Cho detailed how Pyeongchang 2018 will adhere to the Olympic Truce initiative, which was set up in 2000 and aims to help consolidate peace through sport.
Their proposal includes promoting the values of the Olympic Truce to the South Korean public to spread awareness of the scheme as well as engaging the public in order to generate debate.
Pyeongchang 2018 will also strive to liaise with Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, recently chosen as the host city for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
One of the main ways they plan to implement these strategies is to co-operate with the other Organising Committees as the next three Olympic and Paralympic Games will be staged in Northeast Asia.
It is hoped that these events held in quick succession will “foster greater peace and reconciliation in the regions,” according to Pyeongchang 2018.
They will promote the values of the Olympic Truce through events such as the Olympic Torch Relay, as well as various cultural festivals and events in South Korea.
Pyeongchang 2018 are due to open their Olympic Education in March of next year, which will include a separate section dedicated to the Olympic Truce.
The IOTF Executive Board meeting also saw presentations from Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
“Pyeongchang is committed to the vision of Olympic Truce in our Games,” President Cho said.
“As with all our preparations to ensure a successful Winter Games, we will deliver on our commitments and promote peace on the Korean Peninsula, North Asia and the world.”
Cho also stated the progress Pyeongchang 2018 have made to the IOTF Executive Board, adding: “So far, Pyeonghcang 2018 has completed two rounds of Olympic Truce Education, having trained 515 teachers and over 70,000 students in South Korea.
“Also, over 1,500 children from 75 different countries have participated in our Dream Programme for the past 12 years.”
The IOTF Executive Board is led by IOC President Thomas Bach and is made up of 30 members, including the respective Presidents of the Organising Committees for each Olympic Games.
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