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Asian Olympic hosts forge co-operation partnership

The South Korean city of Pyeongchang has joined forces with Tokyo in Japan and the Chinese capital of Beijing to launch a new co-operation project, ahead of each city’s hosting of an upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pyeongchang will stage the winter Games next year, while Beijing is due to host the event in 2022 and Tokyo the summer Games in 2020.

Lee Hee-boem, president of the local organising committee for the Pyeongchang 2018 Games, has led efforts to form a three-way co-operative network since June last year. Pyeongchang 2018 held a series of meetings to discuss potential areas for collaboration, with assistance and guidance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

As a result, the three organising committees have defined a number of objectives for collaboration –  the successful staging of the three consecutive Olympic Games in Asia, the promotion of the Olympic Movement and the values of Olympism, the enhancement of flexibility and sustainability as encouraged in the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020, as well as the creation of lasting legacies in the Games.

Earlier today (Friday), the executive directors of Pyeongchang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 agreed to cooperate in certain areas, with a focus on efficient preparations of the respective Games and promotion of the Olympic Movement.

The first theme will cover the transfer of Games knowledge and staff exchange among the three local organising committees, while the second will enable the bodies to explore the possibilities of working together in various projects such as joint promotional activities at next year’s Games in Pyeongchang and hosting a series of joint cultural events.

Pyeongchang 2018 said in a statement: “With these collaboration projects, it is expected that the three Asian OCOGs will leave behind lasting legacies not only for sports in East Asia but also for the entire Olympic Movement as a whole.”