Unification News for March 2003

The Upcoming Interreligious Peace Sports Festival

The inauguration of the Interreligious Peace Sports Festival 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.

Today 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 Interreligious Peace Sports Festival 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.

Rev. Moon initiated the festival. Advisors representing a wide range of religious traditions are supporting the sporting event and contributing to an environment in which each athlete strives for personal excellence, team cooperation and respect for others.

The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) and its worldwide network of Ambassadors for Peace are sponsoring this event in cooperation with various sporting clubs, government ministries, non-governmental organizations and businesses.

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

For more information and applications please contact: Interreligious Peace Sports Festival c/o Interreligious International Federation for World Peace, 155 White Plains Road, Suite 204, Tarrytown NY 10591, E-mail: IPSF@iifwp.org, Web site: IPSfestival.org . Tel: (914) 631-1331 ext. 452. Fax: (914) 631-1308

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