Local youth engagement, athlete education and transformation at the heart of Gangwon 2024

May 12, 2022 – At the second meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission held virtually on May 11 and 12, the Gangwon 2024 The Organizing Committee (YOGOC) took the opportunity to showcase their Local Youth Activities (LYA) online and physical. Their key role is to mobilize and encourage young people to get involved. All the ingredients that have contributed to the success of the YOG these last 10 years will be at the heart of this 4th edition of the Winter YOG.

Coordination Commission Chairman and IOC Member Hong Zhang said: “Engaging and mobilizing local youth is a top priority. They have the power to transform our society and give us the opportunity to create a better future through sport and youth”.

Local youth engagement and activities

The YOGOC presented a detailed program and operational plan for the LYA program to encourage youth participation. Gangwon 2024 will feature a mix of digital (online) and physical (offline) activities before, during and after the YOG. These activities are now developed in close collaboration with the government, the region, educational, sports and youth institutions, cultural and artistic institutions and private organisations. Their role is to encourage, mobilize and encourage young people to get involved. Activities include youth sports boom festivals in each host city, sports and arts exhibitions, promotional and educational activities, and virtual sports experiences. Virtual participation will be encouraged through a variety of different opportunities.

The organizing committee held several nationwide public competitions for young people to create different brand elements, such as the mascot and the song, the results of which are expected later this year.

As part of the local youth engagement program, the YOGOC plans to participate in the Korea Youth Expo, which will take place at the end of May as it did in 2021. On this occasion, it will develop a new space in the metaverse qu he created last year, which features a virtual copy of the Youth Olympic venues and surrounding facilities.

Chang-jae Shin, President of the YOGOC, said: “Through this meeting, we have confirmed that significant progress has been made in all areas of preparation for the Games and this has given us the opportunity to be assured of the possibility of organizing successful Games.”

He added that “young people are at the heart of the event and these Games must be made by young people. From the planning stage, including the development of the vision, to the creation of the brand identity, they have been involved in every stage of the creation of these Games. We will work closely with the IOC and related organizations to further expand opportunities for youth engagement in the future. »

Athlete education during the Games

The Athlete Education Program is one of the crucial pillars of the YOG.

By Athlete365, the IOC will engage with athletes and deliver an educational program on key topics relevant to young athletes. The various activities will cover important topics such as mental health, injury prevention, safe sport, the fight against doping and the prevention of competition manipulation. Digital and gamified activities as well as events led by experts will enrich the experience. A specific and dedicated education program will also be provided to members of the athletes’ entourage.

The educational program will be delivered mainly in the two Youth Olympic Villages: one in Gangneung and the other in Jeongseon.

Long-term legacy and transformation

Gangwon 2024 also provided an update on the progress of the transformation action plan. It consists of a series of actions taken to build on the legacy of PyeongChang 2018 and bring about long-term positive change for youth, sport, local communities, Korea and the world.

The first ambition is the transformation of young people. Youth winter camps were organized to promote winter sports and a healthy and active lifestyle, with a focus on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Soohorang & Bandabi Winter Sports Camp will invite 10,000 young Korean students to the cities of PyeongChang and Gangneung each year. It offers educational sessions on “peace through sport” and the Olympic values, as well as sports experiences, and promotes the Winter YOG.

The transformation of sport is the second ambition. The YOGOC will develop educational materials to strengthen gender equality and the protection of athletes in sport at the grassroots level. Another example is the “Dream Programme”, which provides winter sports training opportunities and support for young people from countries where there is no access to winter sports.

The Organizing Committee’s third ambition is to support local and regional development by positioning Gangwon Province as a premier winter sports destination in Asia, thereby bringing socio-economic benefits to the region. Gangwon 2024 will also contribute to promoting the protection of human rights and cultural respect, not only at the Games, but also in society, through the dissemination of educational materials to educational institutions in the region. Additionally, Gangwon 2024 will engage local youth to participate in cultural and artistic initiatives to help develop their skills and promote Korean culture and art.

The fourth ambition is transformation for peace. The YOGOC wants to create opportunities to continue spreading the message of peace. The PyeongChang Peace Forum included a session for young people to talk about world peace and become messengers of peaceful coexistence and harmony. Additionally, a museum exhibition is being created to communicate the values ​​of sport and Olympism before, during and after Gangwon 2024.

Background information

Gangwon (KOR) was elected host of the 4andWinter YOG 2024, at the 135andIOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 10, 2020. A total of 81 events are scheduled from January 19 to February 1, 2024. They will take place in four locations in the Gangwon area: Gangneung, PyeongChang, Jeongseon High 1 and Hoengseong. 1,900 athletes, in full gender parity, will take part in the event.

The Youth Olympic Games were established by the IOC as a high-level multi-sport event. They are a unique combination of sports performance, a goal-oriented sports festival and an innovation incubator that bring together elite young athletes aged 15-18 to develop their sporting skills, live the Olympic values ​​and share their experience. with other young athletes. of the whole world. 1stThe Winter Youth Olympics were hosted by Innsbruck in 2012 and have been held every four years since then.