Palau Showing Support for Peace-Through-Sport Movement with White Cards

By United World Wrestling Press

Palau has been actively supporting the peace-through-sport movement by displaying a white card as part of their digital campaign to show their commitment to peace and sports efforts worldwide. 

The annual campaign recognizes the importance of the peace-through-sport movement, capturing the attention of millions of people each year through social networks in the lead up to International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). As part of the White Card campaign, Olympians and members of the Olympic family are invited to hold up a symbolic white card and share a photo of themselves doing so on social media.

The first display of the white card was in Peleliu State during the outreach program and sports events that began on April 7 and concluded on April 9 in commemoration of Palau National Olympic Day and the third anniversary of the Emperor and Empress of Japan historic visit to Palau. Mats were provided by United World Wrestling.

On April 9, the first beach wrestling competition took place in Peleliu. After the competition, wrestlers displayed the white card as part of their Olympic support. 

The symbolic white card was displayed by students at Ngarchelong Elementary, Ngeremlengui Elementary and Ngaraard Elementary after taking part in the wrestling outreach PE program. 

According to John Tarkong Jr., Olympian and President of the Palau Olympians & Athletes Commission (POAC), "This is our way of showing the world that Palau is committed on promoting peace and sport as a means of change in Palau and the world when conducting our activities and events. This effort is also in line with the Presidential Proclamation designating 2018 as the Year of Good Health."


United World Wrestling Joins World Taekwondo in Worldwide Peace Initiative

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (November 1) – United World Wrestling has joined with World Taekwondo and the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) to sign a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote humanitarian, peace and development-supporting activities around the world.

United World Wrestling president Nenad LALOVIC met with World Taekwondo President Chungwon CHOUE the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest on October 22 to sign the agreement.

The agreement will allow full cooperation and information exchange between the three organisations. They aim to commit to developing close cooperation in the following areas:

  • Promoting sport as a powerful vehicle towards peace, social development and integration of vulnerable populations;
  • Uniting forces in offering sport for development and peace activities, in particular in THF’s existing Azraq Taekwondo Academy in Azraq Refugee Camp, Jordan, and potentially other locations worldwide;
  • Exchanging and sharing of expertise, know-how, information and publications.

To help support the launch of the initiative United World Wrestling is also planning to deliver a coaches course in Jordan to train local coaches who will conduct wrestling sessions in the Azraq Refugee Camp.

“We have followed the development of this humanitarian fund and have seen what it can achieve and look forward to joining World Taekwondo’s effort to diversity athletic opportunities in the camps.” said Lalovic. “We trust that wrestling and taekwondo will add light to the lives of the children in these refugee camps.”

World Taekwondo President and THF Chairman, Chungwon Choue shared similar sentiments during the meeting. “At World Taekwondo, our motto is, ‘Peace is more precious than Triumph.’ This landmark agreement reflects our commitment to that ideal and is another key step forward in contributing to a more peaceful future through sport.”

“We have always been clear that we are open to working with other International Federations to ensure we can help as many people in need as possible,” said Choue. “We are looking forward to working with UWW to learn from them and to share our experience and expertise. Through our collaboration, we will be able to make a real difference to the lives of those that need it most.”

The terms of mutual assistance, financial responsibilities, and related activities of any project or activities implemented from the Memorandum will be mutually discussed and agreed upon in writing by all parties prior to their initiation.