Korea-China-Japan Sports Ministers Meeting held… Announcement of the Seoul Joint Declaration

On the 9th, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Bo-kyun held the 4th Korea-Japan-China Sports Ministers’ Meeting with Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Keiko Nagaoka and China’s Deputy Director General Zhou Jinchang, and the three countries successfully hosted the Olympics. Based on this experience, they discussed ways to spread the spirit of the Olympics and build a sustainable sports environment, and announced the ‘2023 Seoul Joint Declaration’, which suggested a new direction for sports exchange.

The meeting, hosted by Korea, was held as a video conference in consideration of each country’s response to COVID-19.

Since the Korea-Japan-China Sports Ministers’ Meeting was launched in 2016, Korea, Japan, and China have adopted the ‘PyeongChang Declaration’, ‘Tokyo Plan of Action’, and ‘Beijing Joint Statement’ respectively through three meetings. We are continuing our cooperation.

This ‘2023 Seoul Joint Declaration’ consists of ▲spreading the Olympic spirit for future generations, ▲solidarity for sustainable sports development that encompasses the disabled, the elderly, underdeveloped countries, and the environment, ▲professional sports, anti-doping, daily sports, and sports industry. Strengthening cooperation is the main content.

Minister Park Bo-gyun said in his keynote speech, “This meeting is the first ministerial meeting to be held after the relay Olympics in the three countries, and the spirit of solidarity and harmony through the Olympics should be able to leave a strong impression on future generations beyond the current generation.”

“Now is the time to expand new horizons in Northeast Asian sports exchanges,” he said.

Representatives from the three countries agreed that the goal of the Olympic Movement is to build a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sports activities.

Accordingly, it was agreed to establish a consultation channel to disseminate the assets of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to future generations and continue to cooperate.

In particular, Minister Park said that next year’s Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics will showcase ‘a world united through K-culture and sports’, he requested interest and support from Japan and China so that youth athletes from the three countries can actively participate and compete together in good faith. did.

In response, the representatives from Japan and China hoped that this event would be a rich cultural Olympics with a variety of events, and successfully held each competition held in the three countries, including the 2022 Hangzhou Asian 메이저사이트Games to be held this year and the 25th Tokyo Summer Olympics to be held in 2025. said to work together for

In addition, the representatives of the three countries agreed that more people, including sports lovers for life, in addition to elite athletes, should share the vision of harmony through sports.

So far, sports exchanges for living have been separated into Korea-Japan (’97~) and Korea-China (’01~), and have been conducted in the form of inviting and dispatching delegations from both countries every year, but recently, due to the spread of Corona 19, it was not possible.

Minister Park said, “I hope that the three countries’ exchanges, which focus on professional sports, will be further expanded to the field of sports for everyday life,” and suggested that the exchanges for sports for everyday life, which were divided into Korea, Japan and Korea, be integrated and reorganized into a three-country sports festival for life.

As Japan and China have agreed to the proposal, they plan to change from next year at the earliest to an international exchange program for daily life sports in which all three countries participate from invitations and dispatches from both countries to a system in which the three countries rotate and hold the event.

And at this meeting, the environmental and social values ​​of sports, which were not seen in the previous three meetings, were emphasized.

“We need a new sports paradigm suitable for the post-COVID-19 era,” Minister Park said. “We need to lead the world in a better direction through sustainable sports that are considerate of the environment and the weak.”

Based on the discussions at this meeting, the three countries will hold a manager-level meeting to regularly check the implementation status of the ‘2023 Seoul Joint Declaration’. The next conference will be held in Japan next year.