A trip to Edinburgh to Discuss all things Sports Diplomacy

Little over a month ago, I had the pleasure of attending an international symposium hosted by Dr Jung Woo Lee (University of Edinburgh), Professor Younghan Cho (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies), and Dr Gavin Reid (University of Edinburgh). It was fantastic!

The event was titled: “Sports Diplomacy From PyeongChang 2018 to Gangwon 2024: Inter-Korean communication and collaboration through sport mega-events” and the conference proceedings are available via the Hartpury PURE repository or the International Olympic committee’s Olympic World Library here: Olympic World Library – Sports diplomacy from PyeongChang 2018 to Gangwon 2024 : inter-Korean communication and collaboration through sport mega-events : conference proceedings : 19-20 May 2022 at Moray House School of Education and Sport University of Edinburgh – Detail (olympics.com).

The event afforded me the opportunity to continue to develop thinking and writing around Japan, South East Asia, events, disability, and sport. The format of it meant I prepared the proceedings entry a month or so in advance, this preparation (which I am do not often do so in advance) really assisted in my level of thinking around the event. During the two days I listened and processed the other speaker’s presentations in a better way as my brain was not too focused on what I needed present. Instead I could focus on the environment and wider set of entries and presentations. I am very grateful to the organisers for not only hosting, but making the process and event a valuable couple of months! I will use this format in future event organisation (and my preparation to present) as it does deepen the level of thinking and debate.

A photograph of some of the symposium attendees, it was a lovely evening and event dinner!

Now to write up some more thoughts and get disseminating!


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