Peace and Unity at PyeongChang 2018
PyeongChang, February 5 – The inauguration of the Olympic Truce Mural took place today at the PyeongChang Olympic Village. With the theme of ‘Building Bridges’, the mural has been designed to change the negative perception of a wall into a positive one and reinforce the message of peace and unity for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 which begins in three days’ time.
The murals have been installed in both Olympic Villages (Gangneung and PyeongChang) and athletes and officials will be asked to sign their name or message of peace on the murals using special stencils. The mural is 7 meters long and 3 meters high and will be moved to the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza and Gangneung Olympic Park where they will be on display for spectators until the end of the Games.
The Olympic Games is seen as an event which ‘bridges’ the world through sports. The mural is a reflection of this as it signifies PyeongChang’s vision to use the Olympic and Paralympic Games to open bridges between nations and help achieve a better world through sports. One section of the wall is "peeled" and shown as a bridge. This signifies PyeongChang 2018’s intention to break barriers and build bridges for peace.
The official event was attended by the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee President LEE Hee-beom, along with the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism DO Jong-whan, a representative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and student ambassadors from Daegwallyeong Middle School.
PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee President LEE said, "PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games is a Games of peace. The unveiling of the Olympic Truce Mural today is a physical reminder of the message of peace and a symbol of everyone uniting together for sport.
"We hope many athletes and officials will sign the murals and so we can share the message of peace with all those who see them on display in the Park and Plaza."
IOC President, Thomas Bach said, "The Olympic Truce mural serves to building bridges in the current fragile world. This is one of the good reasons why the Republic of Korea is welcoming not only the global Olympic Family but also media, spectators and visitors from around the world toward building bridges through the Games."
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, DO Jong-whan added, "The PyeongChang 2018 Games should be the Olympic Games of reconciliation, healing and peace. I hope that the Olympic Truce Mural will be a precious symbol that creates a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideals."
The Olympic Truce Resolution was unanimously adopted by the Members of the United Nations last year in November.
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The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) will host the XXIII edition of the Olympic Winter Games on 9-25 February 2018. Approximately 90 countries and 3,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Olympic Winter Games to be held in Asia in 20 years. Seven sports comprising 15 disciplines will be on the official program.
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