POSTED: September 4th 2015

POCOG supports the Olympic Truce and aspires for peace on the Korean Peninsula

The Olympic Truce Foundation Executive Board at the IOC headquarters / IOTF
The Olympic Truce Foundation Executive Board at the IOC headquarters / IOTF

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Feature Communications

(SFC) PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) President Yang-ho Cho updated the Executive Board Meeting of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF) at the annual meeting held at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Head Office in Lausanne, Switzerland.

This year, the Organizing Committees of Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 all had the opportunity to present their Olympic Truce Programs. 

President Cho explained, "So far, POCOG has completed two rounds of Olympic Truce Education, having trained 515 teachers and over 70,000 students in Korea. Also, over 1,500 children from 75 different countries have participated in our Dream Program for the past 12 years.

"PyeongChang is committed to the vision of Olympic Truce in our Games. 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", President Cho added.

He then went on to elaborate that POCOG has developed 4 core pillars of its Olympic Truce Program:
Promote the ideas of the Olympic Truce to the Korean public to spread awareness about the concept; engage with them by creating a forum for debate; and cooperate with our counterparts in Tokyo and Beijing to help spread Olympic ideals.

POCOG will utilize 3 channels to focus on promoting the Truce:
Culture - The Cultural Olympiad, Olympic Torch Relay and diverse local/ regional festivals, art contests and events that will play a vital role in promoting the ideals of the Olympic Truce.

Education - The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Education web portal will open in March 2016 and contain a separate section dedicated to the Olympic Truce. Also, Online/offline teacher workshops and the Dream Program will be ongoing.

Cooperation - Starting with PyeongChang 2018, 3 consecutive Olympic Games will be held in Northeast Asia. POCOG will utilize this excellent opportunity to foster greater peace and reconciliation in the regions in cooperation with Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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