The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games launched its official Paralympic emblem in a ceremony that took place at the National Museum of Seoul on Tuesday.
Attending the ceremony were about 400 guests and dignitaries from home and abroad, including those representing local organizations as well as Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Olympic Committee (IPC) and Kim Jin-sun, President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee (POCOG).
IPC President Craven said at the ceremony, “although simple and traditional in design, this emblem conveys so much about the Paralympic Movement and Korean culture. It brings everything together and informs us all that in 2018, through the PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games, Paralympians will create ‘New Horizons’ for millions around the world”.
POCOG President Kim said in his greetings that POCOG, together with the Korean government, the National Assembly, Gangwon Province, and the host and venue cities, as well as those in the sports industry, is making “utmost efforts to deliver a very special Paralympic Winter Games, one that goes beyond the boundaries of disability, by creating an ideal environment for Paralympic athletes to perform at their best”.
He spoke of POCOG’s plan to carry out the Actualizing the Dream Project aimed at promoting Paralympic winter sports, raising awareness, and securing the social inclusion of people with disabilities. He said, “I believe that today’s launch of our Paralympic emblem will serve as a catalyst for this mission”.