Gwangju 2019 delegation encourage all to “dive into peace” at the 82nd AIPS Congress

Jeroen Adriaanse, AIPS Young Reporter, the Netherlands

LAUSANNE, January 24, 2019 – The 82nd AIPS Congress kicked off with an insightful presentation by the Gwangju 2019 delegation, informing the public about the 18thFINA World Aquatics Championships and the empowering slogan of the upcoming swimming competition in South Korea.

With the Championship’s slogan ‘Dive into Peace’, both the Organising Committee for Gwangju 2019 and FINA hope to further promote peace within sports – and beyond the playing fields.

“The slogan represents what the city of Gwangju is all about and we believe that sports can help bridge the difference between the two different countries separating Korea,” said Dr. Young Taek Cho, Gwangju 2019 Vice-President and Secretary General.

Earlier in his opening speech, Dr Cho stated that “the Korean Peninsula is gaining the greatest momentum for peace-building in our recent history and Gwangju will carry the baton of peace forward.”

The goal is to capitalize on the efforts made during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, as North and South Korean athletes marched together, under a unified flag, at the opening ceremony of the Games. To reflect the spirits of the ‘Dive into Peace’ slogan, plans are in place to form a Korean unified team for the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships.


Unlocking the full potential of the Championships  

Besides the ambition to pave the way for peace in Northeast Asia, the Organizing Committee is also committed to allow the greatest athletes in swimming to unlock their full potential during the Championships and to provide journalists with outstanding media services.

Dr Cho, providing the AIPS delegates and reporters present at the Congress with a progress update, said: “The Main Press Center will be built inside the main competition venue for the maximum convenience for the press.”

The 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships is going to take place in the summer of 2019, from 12 – 28 July, in Gwangju, South Korea. The Championships feature all of FINA’s six sporting disciplines in Swimming, Diving, High Diving, Artistic Swimming, Open Water Swimming, and Water Polo

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