Forum discusses ways sports can influence world peace
Sports bring people together like few other activities. Whether a person is interested in rooting for their favorite team or simply drawn to the spectacle of major events, sports can unite individuals for a common purpose. Now a group of international organizers is betting that this uniting quality can lead to greater world peace.
Officials from the International Olympic Committee and the UN Office on Sport for Peace and Development recently wrapped up a two day forum on ways to use athletic competition to put an end to conflict and bring together people of the world.
The forum participants agreed that the organizations should develop a common measure for the impact of sports on a country's social and economic development.
"It is not a question of whether sport contributes to the betterment of society; we are all in agreement that it does. The real question is how to make it contribute in more impactful, tangible ways," said Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.
Through the practice of martial arts and other competitive endeavors, Ilchi Lee has long championed the cause of sport in uniting people for world peace.