Dream Together Seoul Forum 2017 held to discuss Olympic legacy and sustainability
[Dream Together Seoul Forum 2017 was held on the topic of Olympic Legacy and Sustainability.]
Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 successfully ended after 17 days of competitions. By successfully hosting the PyeongChang Games, Korea increased its profile in the world. Especially, this year’s Winter Olympic Games considered one of the most peaceful sport events of all time.
Attention is now focused on the Olympic legacy, and the biggest challenge at the moment is how to leave a lasting legacy not only to the host city, but also to the international sport world.
On Friday, November 24th, 2017, ‘Dream Together Seoul Forum 2017’ was held to discuss this issues, challenges of Olympic legacy and sustainability. This forum aimed to retrospect past Olympics which have left successful legacy including Seoul 1988, Vancouver 2010, and London 2012 Olympics and to figure out the direction for the legacy of the Olympic host cites, PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020.
IOC Executive Board Member Ser Miang Ng, Former Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Jee-Chul Oh, President of Vancouver Organizing Committee John Furlong, Director of London Legacy Development Corporation Ben Fletcher, PyeongChang 2018 Vice President Jooho Kim, Tokyo 2020 Public Relations Secretary Hiromi Kawamura, and IOC Head of Legacy Tania Braga graced the occasion with their presence and provided new insights into legacy plans for PyeongChang 2018 and upcoming Olympic Games.
In the speech, Mr. Ser Miang Ng mentioned that a positive legacy from the Olympic Games to the host cities and countries is one of the most important parts of the IOC agenda. “Olympic Movement has both an opportunity and a duty to contribute actively to global sustainability and social development,” Mr. Ser Miang Ng said in his speech. “The IOC aims to help cities to develop a legacy vision that will enhance the value proposition of the Olympic Games and encourage the cities interested in hosting the Olympic Games.”
[Keynote Speaker, Mr. Ser Miang Ng, IOC Executive Board Member.]
Mr. Jee-Chul Oh discussed that Seoul Olympic Games imprinted the positive images of Korea, which successfully emerged to global stage economically and culturally. “The Games implanted self-confidence and pride to Korean people, which became driving force for socioeconomic development,” he said.
Mr. John Furlong and Mr. Ben Fletcher who led the Olympics to success advised the future Olympic host cities to have responsibilities and sincere passion for a sustainable legacy. “Ownership makes the legacies to permeate into every phase of the Olympics. The London 2012 created the organizing committee to have the ownership and be responsible for the commitments,” said Ben Fletcher during his speech.
[Ben Fletcher, Director of Communication, Marketing and Strategy at the London Legacy Development Corporation.]
Mr. Jooho Kim emphasized that the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games will create a sustainable legacy for not only Gangwon Province but also Korea and open a new horizon of winter sports in Asia by creating a sustainable economic and environment legacies and utilizing Olympics infrastructures. Ms. Hiromi Kawamura also predicted that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be the most innovative games ever and pass on a legacy for the future.
This year’s forum was the fifth year for the annual event, and it has been held since 2013 to provide an international platform to share and discuss the critical international sport agenda.
“Hosting the Olympics is not the end in itself, but a means to an end. I sincerely wish this forum would serve as a platform to facilitate and execute a vision for the Olympic Legacy,” said Prof. Joon-ho Kang, Director of Dream Together Master.