The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) will jointly host an International Sport Cooperation Conference along with the International Sport Cooperation Centre of Korea (ISC) in Seoul in October, it has been announced.
The event on October 26, which will be held under the theme of “Sport for a Better World", will be attended by WTF President Chungwon Choue.
Others due to attend the conference include Syrian International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Samih Moudallal, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Korea Representative Dirk Hebecker and Olympafrica Executive Director Thierno Alassane Diack.
It will be opened by President Choue, who will deliver the keynote speech, where he will talk about the recently-formed Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF), which plans to assist the global community with the growing refugee crisis.
The THF will discharge teams of instructors to teach taekwondo to young people in refugee camps around the world, keeping them active, while aiming to instill in them taekwondo’s philosophy and values of Olympism.
Diack is due to speak on the history, mission and activities of Olympafrica, a non-profit organisation dedicated to sport and development, while Hebecker will discuss initiatives of the UNHCR, detailing the positive impact sport has had on the refugee population.
The conference itself will be led by Theresa Rah, a former spokesperson of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Bid Committee.
“From now on, the sport field has to raise consideration on social responsibility and CSV (Creating Shared Value) philosophy,” said ISC President Eun-Cheol Lee.
“I hope this Conference can be one of the contributing steps for making a better world through sport.”
The conference will also be attended by experts from the world of sport, academia and media, as well as political institutions.
It is hoped the event will produce discussions and debate about a range of topics.
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September 2015: David Owen: The migrant crisis gives sport a chance to show how serious it is about making the world a better place
September 2015: IOC announce emergency $2 million fund aimed at helping refugees as crisis in Europe grows