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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opens and WHO YC Webinar Report Launched


The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Open today in the midst of a global pandemic which means that there will be no supporters in the stadiums and arenas to witness the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the 11,500 athletes taking part, but none the less, delivering the postponed games is an achievement itself.

In 2008, the Youth Charter hosted members of the Tokyo 2016 Olympic and Paralympic bid team, who were planning the Games Legacy programmes for the bid.

Youth Charter, Founder and Chair, Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL, and 5 times World Karate Champion had been training to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Karate debuted at the games as part of the Youth Charter's #Fight4theStreets campaign, but was denied the opportunity to do so. However, the #Fight4theStreets goes on...

The Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games is the largest sporting event in the world, bringing together a total of 206 countries, which is 13 more than 193 member states of the United Nations, representing the Global Cooperation and Solidarity in the Spirit of Love and Respect.

IOC and UN Global Partnership for the Goals... The IOC’s relationship with the United Nations dates back to 1928 (before the UN was created), when it worked with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to improve the leisure opportunities for workers around the world. Furthermore, the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was inspired by the youth and community work of Dr William Brookes and the Wenlock Olympian Society, who in the 19th Century aimed to improve the lives of village workers through sport and physical activity. In 1993, the ancient Observance of the Olympic Truce was reintroduced by the United Nations General Assembly, and in 2009 the IOC was given official Observer status by the United Nations, allowing it to take to the floor during General Assemblies.

The IOC and United Nations is the most recognisable Global Partnership for the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) sector/movement. The Youth Charter recently contributed to this work as part of the WHO YC Webinar – An Active Future: Youth Forum to co-create an active generation. The webinar included young people in the dialogue and discussion on how we can improve sport and physical activity opportunities, particularly for our most deprived communities, and provided recommendations and solutions for getting young people active. Please see link to the WHO YC Webinar Report.

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