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Source: DOSBAon Monday (October 26th) the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, was awarded the Seoul Peace Prize.
With his commitment, Bach enabled the start of a refugee team at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. “It is an unprecedented initiative in Olympic history that attracted worldwide attention for refugees and campaigned for the rights of refugees to be respected. His commitment to friendship and harmony between developing countries through the resumption of sport paved the way for North Korea to participate in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, held in South Korea. This was a remarkable result considering North Korea’s absence from the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The 2018 Winter Olympics were successful and not only stand as an Olympic symbol of peace, but are also a step on the way to peace in the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia “, writes the Seoul Peace Prize Culture Foundation in its explanation.” It is a great honor to receive this award and I would like to thank the Seoul Peace Prize Culture Foundation for its decision. The prize belongs to the entire IOC and the entire Olympic movement, because without the support of so many, the successes for peace through sport could never have been achieved, ”said Thomas Bach in his acceptance speech. Previous winners include Chancellor Angela Merkel (2014), the former UN General Secretaries Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, the former Czech President Václav Havel and the former IOC President Juan-Antonio Samaranch. It was the first winner in 1990 and is valued at $ 200,000. Thomas Bach would like the money to be made available to the IOC refugee team and other organizations for the “Olympic Refuge Foundation” he founded in 2017, which supports refugees all over the world through sport. (Source: IOC)
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