While this month’s London Olympics will see the two Koreas competing separately, the organizers of the 2015 Gwangju Universiade have announced an agreement with the UN that they hope will lead to a united Korean team at the event.
Kang Un Tae and Chung Eui Hwa of the Gwangju Organizing Committee and Wilfried Lemke, the special adviser to the secretary general of the United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), a UN office which helps to organize sports activities in developing countries and those experiencing conflict, signed the agreement at a ceremony yesterday.
UNOSDP and the Universiade organizers hope to “mediate and support efforts for peace between the two countries via an inter-Korean sports exchange to help form a united Korean team at the Gwangju Universiade in 2015,” according to a piece carried by www.insidethegames.biz.
The two reportedly hope to promote these inter-Korean sports exchanges through youth sports camps.
“Large sporting events have a great potential when it comes to fostering positive social change and leaving a lasting legacy benefiting the local communities, the host nations and communities abroad,” Lemke reportedly commented at the ceremony.
The Universiade is a bi-yearly, international collegiate multi-sport event organized by the International University Sports Federation.
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