The heads of the Olympic Committees of Russia, Japan and South Korea will take part in EEF 2019

The fifth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF 2019), which will be held in Vladivostok on September 4–6, will become a crucial platform for expanding international cooperation in the field of sports, paving the way for discussing relevant issues of the Olympic movement and the impact of major sporting events on the Asia-Pacific region.

The session “Olympism and the Asia-Pacific Region: Mutual Influence” within the framework of the Forum’s business programme will be attended by Deputy Director General of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Pere Miró, President of the Russian Olympic Committee, four-time Olympic champion in fencing Stanislav Pozdnyakov, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Olympic champion in judo Yasuhiro Yamashita, President of the Olympic Committee of South Korea, IOC member Ki-Heung Lee and sports director of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Olympic champion in hammer throw Koji Murofushi. At EEF 2019, a cooperation agreement will also be signed between the Olympic Committees of Russia and Japan.

– The Eastern Economic Forum has become a leading, productive platform for discussing the development of key industries in the region and the implementation of major international projects. In the sports field there are no more large-scale or significant competitions other than the Olympic Games, capable of exerting a considerable influence on the solution of political, economic and social issues; and also serving the cause of peace, progress, as well as the mutual integration of cultures and the coming together of peoples. Given the fact that major Olympic events are due to be held in the Asia-Pacific region (from 2018 to 2022), the EEF is an excellent opportunity for us to expand cooperation with the national Olympic committees and organising committees of the host countries.

– We plan to sign a cooperation agreement with the National Olympic Committee of Japan in Vladivostok. This is a very important moment, which allows us to optimise the training of our athletes – candidates for participation in Tokyo 2020, to efficiently and effectively implement the main projects and programmes focused on achieving maximum results. And perhaps the most important thing is that such a format of interaction brings relations with our colleagues into a format of confidential, constructive dialogue on all pressing issues – emphasised ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov.

It should be noted that a similar cooperation agreement at EEF 2018 was signed by the President of the ROC Stanislav Pozdnyakov and the head of the Chinese Olympic Committee Zhongwen Gou. The ceremony was held in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.