ROC held the session “Olympism and the Asia-Pacific: Mutual Influence” during EEF 2019

As part of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, the Russian Olympic Committee, together with the Roscongress Foundation, organized a session on the sports topic “Olympism and the Asia-Pacific: Mutual Influence”.

This year the event, as part of EEF 2019, was attended by representatives of the International Olympic Committee and four NOCs, Heads of Olympic Organizing Committees, Presidents of international and national sports federations, Olympic champions, Heads of specialized sports organizations, as well as the media. High on the agenda were relevant issues of the Olympic movement’s development, the prospects and features of the Olympic Games in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the experience of organizing major sports competitions and preparing athletes for such events.

The session was opened by Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sports and First Vice President of the ROC Igor Levitin who highlighted the attention paid to the development of sports and the health of Russian citizens at the highest level. He also thanked all those present for their contribution to the performance of Russian athletes during the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang and for the support that was given to our team.

The President of the ROC and four-time Olympic champion Stanislav Pozdnyakov, in his speech, spoke in detail about the key aspects of the activities of the Russian Olympic Committee as part of the Programme to assist athlete-candidates in becoming members of the Russian Olympic Team that will participate in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics and touched upon the importance of effectively utilizing the Olympic Games’ heritage from the economic, social and sports viewpoint.

The participants were also addressed by three-time Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling and Hero of Russia Alexander Karelin, IOC Deputy Director General Pere Miró, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee Yasuhiro Yamashita, Sports Director for the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Koji Murofushi, President of the South Korean Olympic Committee Lee Kee-Heung, Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee Li Lingwei, President of the International Judo Federation Marius Vizer, and also the Head of the FMBA Vladimir Uyba.

During the panel discussion, participants repeatedly voiced the common consensus that the Olympic Games are competitions, primarily for athletes, and no one has the right to deprive athletes of the opportunity to participate in them. IOC will continue to monitor very closely the strict adherence to this principle. This position was held by all the participants of the session, including representatives of the Organizing Committees of the 2020 Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Games in Beijing, respectively.

Discussions were also held in regard to the preparations for the upcoming Olympic events, including the economic, cultural and environmental components that will provide a rich legacy of the Games for the entire region.

After the end of the session, participants of EEF 2019 attended the opening of the Sumo House to watch the exhibition tournament between Japanese and Russian athletes.