2 August 2019

Heads of Russian, Japanese and Korean Olympic Committees to Participate in EEF 2019

The 5th Eastern Economic Forum that will be held in Vladivostok on 46 September will become an important platform for expanding international cooperation in sports, discussion of relevant issues of the Olympic Movement development and impact of major sport events on the Asia-Pacific Region.

As part of the Forums business programme, the session Olympism and the Asia-Pacific: Mutual Influence will be attended by Pere Miró, IOC Deputy Director General; Stanislav Pozdnyakov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee and four-time Olympic champion in fencing; Yasuhiro Yamashita, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and judo Olympic champion; Lee Kee-Heung, President of the Korean Olympic Committee and IOC member; and Koji Murofushi, Sports Director for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee and hammer throw Olympic champion. A cooperation agreement between the Russian and Japanese Olympic Committees will be signed at EEF 2019.

The Eastern Economic Forum has become a powerful, productive platform for discussion of development of the key regional industries and implementation of major international projects. In sports, there are no competitions that could compare in scale and significance to the Olympics; the Games can have a real impact on solving political, economic and social issues, as well as contribute to peace, progress, mutual cultural integration and rapprochement of peoples. Bearing in mind that from 2018 to 2022 the Olympics are being hosted by APR countries, for us EEF is a great opportunity to expand cooperation with national Olympic committees and organizing committees of the hosting states. We plan to sign a cooperation agreement with the Japanese Olympic Committee in Vladivostok. It is a very important thing; it will allow to tune up the process of preparation of our athletes that might represent the country in Tokyo 2020; efficiently and thoroughly implement key projects and programmes aimed at achieving best results. And the most important thing is that such interaction format turns our relations into a trusting and constructive dialogue for discussion of all relevant matters, emphasized President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov.

It is noteworthy that a similar cooperation agreement was signed at EEF 2018 by Stanislav Pozdnyakov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee, and Gou Zhongwen, Head of the Chinese Olympic Committee. The ceremony was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.

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