The International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) launched the 4th Victory Cup with the theme of Wish for Peace in Kashmir and World Peace at Samrak Stadium, South Korea.
Not only foreigners in Korea but also from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka showed interest in this tournament, so they sent the congratulatory message to IPYG.
A cricket league that was hosted by the IPYG Busan branch in Samrak Stadium had a special meaning since the tournament was held for the hope of reconciliation in Jammu and Kashmir districts where intense conflicts are still continuing.
The league has focused especially on cricket while other branches were having soccer tournaments since it is the most popular sports game in India and Pakistan.
The Victory Cup is a peace themed sports tournament which lasted two weeks and be played at various stadiums around South Korea.
The purpose of the tournament was not only to content for the position of victor, but also for the players, staff, and spectators to demonstrate through their mutual love of sport - in particular, soccer, cricket - that unity and peace is possible.
The opening match was played at the Osan stadium on 5 April. On 6 April, more than 500 participants gathered in different areas such as Seoul, Gyunggi, Incheon, Gangwon, Daegu, Busan, Gwangju as fourteen teams composed of players from South Korea, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Spain,
Canada, Italy, England, Ireland, Sweden and North Korean refugees competed for the winning place.
The opening of the 4th Victory Cup, was a day of festivities: face painting, flash mobs, games, and other cultural activities accompanied the first match played on 5 April. Over 200 IPYG volunteers astonished the spectators with a spectacular peace themed flash-mob.
Press for Peace (PFP), which is member of International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) has congratulated the officials of IPYG and hoped that such unique initiative would help strengthen seeds of hope, peace and harmony in the region.