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Host Cities of the Games unite for day of Olympic/Paralympic-inspired Peace & Solidarity

Native Olympic and Paralympic stakeholders gentle Host Metropolis flames!

Peace Dove

Olympic & Paralympic-inspired Dove of Peace and Solidarity

Host Metropolis Olympic and Paralympic stakeholders create new Olympic and Paralympic (‘OLY/PLY’) motion initiative.

OPC-DPS is exclusive in our motion in that it’s athlete-driven and locally-driven, the place OLY/PLY members of native communities – Athletes, Metropolis Officers, Legacy Teams, and Others – champion occasions.”

— Charles Altekruse

BERKELEY, CA, UNITED STATES, June 30, 2023/ — On June twenty fourth, 2023, the first ever “Olympic and Paralympic Cities – Day of Peace and Solidarity 2023’ (‘OPC-DPS 23’) kicked off in Host Cities round the world. 35 Host Cities of the Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Games participated on this yr’s inaugural occasion in varied methods.

“We had been happy with the curiosity and assist for setting apart one day a yr to advertise OLY/PLY- impressed peace and solidarity,” stated OPC-DPS 23 World Challenge Supervisor Charles Altekruse, a two-time Olympian from the USA. “OPC-DPS is exclusive in our motion in that it’s athlete-driven and locally-driven, the place OLY/PLY members of native communities – Athletes/Coaches, Metropolis/Native Officers, Legacy/OCOG/ Sports activities/Tourism Teams, and Different stakeholders –collaborate to activate their Host Metropolis participation based mostly on native necessities and sources.”

OPC-DPS is designed to be a easy, unifying, and non-political world gesture, leveraging the 60 eligible Host Cities (previous and awarded) as platforms for expressing, exercising, and elevating the ethical authority of the motion and emphasizing the aim to create ‘a greater and extra peaceable world’, as acknowledged in the Olympic Constitution. June 24 was chosen as the date to enrich the annual ‘Olympic Day’ celebrations commemorating the founding of the trendy Olympic motion in 1894. Nationwide Olympic and Paralympic Committees from round the globe had been invited to affix the initiative as had been different formal constructions of the respective actions.

All seven USA Host Cities (NYC, Lake Placid, Atlanta, St. Louis, Salt Lake Metropolis, LA, and Squaw Valley) participated on this first yr‘s program, with Lake Placid and St. Louis main the method with mixed Olympic Day and OPC-DPS occasions. And thru robust native athlete assist, Colorado Springs turned the first “Affiliate Metropolis” to formally qualify to affix OPC-DPS 23 (see map of cities www.PassingTheTorch.World).

“We had been delighted to combine our occasions and actions to rejoice each of these necessary Olympic and Paralympic milestones collectively,” stated Lisa Carter, Sport & Communications Supervisor at the New York State Olympic Regional Growth Authority (‘Olympic Authority’) that works with native and regional entities to guard the public’s funding in the Lake Placid Olympic amenities and construct and assist tourism all through the State.

Lake Placid championed its joint Olympic Day/OPC-DPS celebrations over a number of days and throughout quite a few venues, together with the Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Coaching Middle (LPOPTC) and Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Faculty-based applications inspired children to be lively, excursions of close by legacy sporting websites inspired guests and native residents to study extra about the city’s historical past with the Games, and quite a few OLY/PLY athletes readily available inspired everybody to dream “Quicker, Larger, Stronger – Collectively!” based on the Olympic Motto. In a enjoyable connection to the previous, present Lake Placid Mayor Artwork Devlin Jr, son of a three-time Olympic and Corridor of Fame ski-jumper, learn an official Metropolis proclamation that inspired the studying and follow of Olympic and Paralympic values and beliefs.

The St. Louis Sports activities Fee additionally hosted mixed Olympic Day/OPC-DPS occasions at Washington College’s Francis Olympic Subject, website of the 1904 Games (the first to be held exterior of Europe). Youngsters from round the area ran the Olympic monitor beneath the watchful eye of native Olympic stars Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Daybreak Harper Nelson.

“We now have a terrific basis for increasing programmatically and globally in the lead-up to the Paris 2024 Games.” stated Altekruse. “By embracing the Paralympic and Olympic spirit, we acknowledge we’re half of one thing better – a worldwide group and that our shared humanity is extra vital that our variations.”


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