Olympics: PyeongChang, Tokyo, and Beijing work together to create lasting legacies
MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach declared the Age of Asia in sports during his visit to PyeongChang in September 2016. He highlighted the unique opportunity presented by three consecutive editions of the Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in the same region.
Since the announcement of Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Games, PyeongChang 2018 has taken the lead in the collaboration efforts between PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2022, and Beijing 2022. They have held several meetings to discuss the potential areas for collaboration under the IOC's guidance and assistance.
The three organizing committees have defined various objectives in these meetings such as working together for successful stage all three editions of the Games, along with focusing on promoting the values of Olympism and the Olympic Movement. They also want to enhance the sustainability and flexibility of the Games, while creating lasting legacies.
In addition, all three of the committees' Executive Directors met and agreed to work together using two themes including the promotion of the Olympic Movement and efficient preparation of each edition of the Games. They discussed the transfer of Games knowledge and exchange of staff among each committee. They also talked about a variety of possibilities to collaborate including staging joint cultural events, joint promotional activities at PyeongChang 2018, and ways to promote peace and Olympism.
With all three organizing committees working together, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, and Beijing 2022 will certainly create a lasting legacy for sports in East Asia and the Olympic Movement.
** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.
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