IOC / BACH SEOUL PEACE PRIZE

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has today been awarded the Seoul Peace Prize in recognition of the work he has done to help promoting peace through sport. IOC

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STORY: IOC / BACH SEOUL PEACE PRIZE
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DATELINE: 26 OCTOBER 2020, SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA

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1. Various shots, arrivals, Yeom Jae-ho and Ban Ki-moon take their seats
2.Med shot, Bach on screen from Olympic House, Lausanne, Switzerland.
3.Pan right, guests
4.Wide shot, Ban Ki-moon former United Nations Secretary General on stage
5.Various shots, Chairman Yeom Jae-ho presents the award to his Excellency Ban Ki-moon who accepted the award on behalf of IOC President Thomas Bach.
6.Wide shot, Bach on screen, speaking
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“The Olympic Games are the only event that brings the entire world together in peaceful competition. They are a celebration of the unity of humanity in all our diversity, uniting the best athletes of all 206 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team. The Olympic athletes personify the values of excellence, friendship, respect and solidarity.”
8.Wide shot, Bach on screen, speaking
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“At the Olympic Games, there is no discrimination, everyone respects the same rules, regardless of social background, gender, religion or political belief. At the Olympic Games, we are all equal. In this way, the Olympic Games show us that despite all our differences it is possible for humankind to live together in peace and harmony.”
10.Wide shot, Bach on screen, speaking
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“We cannot create peace alone, but we can contribute to addressing many of the conflicts which are leading then to wars or disputes, this is how we in particular, through worldwide solidarity, are trying to bring people together, to respect each other because at the Olympic Games we are all equal.”
12.Med shot, Bach bowing on screen
13.SOUNDBITE (English) Yeom Jae-ho, Chairman of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation:
“He invited a lot of refugee athletes to the Olympic Games and that is a very good signal and importance for world peace. And the second one, is that he also supported the PyeongChang Olympic Games (2018) and Seoul Olympic Games (1988). At the Seoul Olympic Games, North Korea did not participate at that time, but this time thanks to his help, North Korean athletes and the South Korean athletes came together and they participated in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. So, it is a very marvelous signal and the symbolic issue for world peace.”
14.Wide shot, podium, closing of ceremony

STORYLINE:

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has today been awarded the Seoul Peace Prize in recognition of the work he has done to help promoting peace through sport.

In particular, the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation highlighted three major achievements - Contributing to peace through sport in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, with the 2018 Winter Olympics serving not only as an Olympic symbol of peace, but also as a stepping stone for peace, has continuous support to refugees through the creation of the Refugee Olympic Team and the Olympic Refuge Foundation, and the internal reforms of the IOC that President Bach led through Olympic Agenda 2020. This roadmap also contributed to peace and cooperation among states.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Bach did not travel to Seoul to accept the award, but he spoke in a video address from Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He said: “The Olympic Games are the only event that brings the entire world together in peaceful competition. They are a celebration of the unity of humanity in all our diversity, uniting the best athletes of all 206 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team. The Olympic athletes personify the values of excellence, friendship, respect and solidarity.”


President Bach is the 15th recipient of the award, which was introduced in 1990 in the wake of the Olympic Games Seoul 1988. President Bach told the audience: “At the Olympic Games, there is no discrimination, everyone respects the same rules, regardless of social background, gender, religion or political belief. At the Olympic Games, we are all equal. In this way, the Olympic Games show us that despite all our differences it is possible for humankind to live together in peace and harmony.”


President Bach emphasized that, while sport can open the door to dialogue about peace, “we cannot create peace alone, but we can contribute to addressing many of the conflicts which are leading then to wars or disputes, this is how we in particular, through worldwide solidarity, are trying to bring people together, to respect each other because at the Olympic Games we are all equal.”

The Seoul Peace Prize comes with a USD 200,000 prize which the President will donate to the Olympic Refuge Foundation and three other social charities. The award has had a number of illustrious previous winners, including Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Václav Havel, former Czech President; Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); German Chancellor Angela Merkel; and Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Yeom Jae-ho, Chairman of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, praised President Bach not only for his work to bring together the unified Korean team in 2018, but also the introduction of the Refugee Olympic Team in 2016.

He said: “He invited a lot of refugee athletes to the Olympic Games and that is a very good signal and importance for world peace. And the second one, is that he also supported the PyeongChang Olympic Games (2018) and Seoul Olympic Games (1988). At the Seoul Olympic Games, North Korea did not participate at that time, but this time thanks to his help, North Korean athletes and the South Korean athletes came together and they participated in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. So, it is a very marvelous signal and the symbolic issue for world peace.”
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