Unification News for January 2003

IIFWP: Interreligious Friendship Games

The inauguration of the Interreligious Friendship Games (IFG) will take place near Seoul, Korea on May 21-25, 2003 as part of the World Culture and Sports Festival. Young athletes between the ages of 16-23, from all continents, will gather in the spirit of cooperation to compete as representatives of their religions.

The IFG is an annual sporting event designed to build and promote friendship and peace among people from different cultural and religious backgrounds using the powerful medium of sports competition. The world is suffering from numerous conflicts that are linked not only to nationalism also to religious and cultural differences. The worldwide appeal of sports can be a powerful and unique catalyst for cultural change. The IFG utilizes this potential and provides international athletes an opportunity to contribute to the development of a culture of peace by creating a new legacy of cooperation, respect and reconciliation.

The 2003 Interreligious Friendship Games will include sporting events such as: Track, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Swimming, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton and Table Tennis.

There is no charge for applying and no registration fee. For the accepted athletes the IFG will provide a grant, covering room, board and scheduled local travel during the program. International travel is not covered by the IFG.

For more information and applications please contact: Interreligious Friendship Games, c/o Interreligious International Federation for World Peace, 155 White Plains Road, Suite 204, Tarrytown New York 10591. E-mail: IFG@iifwp.org. Tel: (914) 631-1331 ext. 452. Fax: (914) 631-1308

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