IOC Pres­i­dent high­lights ath­letes' ex­em­plary role as the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang 2018 by con­sen­sus

Daily Messenger - - Sportlight - Dr M. Arif Hafee Sports Re­porter

KARACHI: The Olympic Truce aims to en­sure the safe pas­sage and par­tic­i­pa­tion of ath­letes and spec­ta­tors at Fe­bru­ary’s Olympic Win­ter Games in the Repub­lic of Korea.

In a strong sign of con­fi­dence of the Mem­ber States of the United Na­tions in the up­com­ing Olympic Win­ter Games PyeongChang 2018, the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly to­day adopted the res­o­lu­tion “Build­ing a peace­ful and bet­ter world through sport and the Olympic Ideal” by con­sen­sus. It fol­lowed two hours of dis­cus­sions be­tween the Mem­ber States.

The con­sen­sus for the Olympic Truce res­o­lu­tion in­cluded both the Repub­lic of Korea and the Demo­cratic Peo­ples’ Repub­lic of Korea as well as the fu­ture hosts of the Olympic Games: Ja­pan, China, France and the United States of Amer­ica.

The res­o­lu­tion calls on the na­tions of the world to up­hold the Olympic Truce for the time of the Olympic Win­ter Games. The first op­er­a­tive clause of the res­o­lu­tion specif­i­cally asks Mem­ber States “to en­sure the safe pas­sage, ac­cess and par­tic­i­pa­tion of ath­letes, of­fi­cials and all other ac­cred­ited per­sons tak­ing part in the Olympic Win­ter Games and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games”. This spe­cific call is es­pe­cially im­por­tant, given the time and place of th­ese Olympic Win­ter Games.

Fol­low­ing the adop­tion of the res­o­lu­tion, IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach said: “For the ath­letes who will gather in PyeongChang for the Olympic Win­ter Games, this res­o­lu­tion will carry a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance, a deeply per­sonal one. With the Olympic Truce res­o­lu­tion, the United Na­tion Gen­eral Assem­bly is cre­at­ing the con­di­tions for all ath­letes to com­pete in peace. Only the UN Mem­ber States can guar­an­tee the ath­letes a safe pas­sage to the Olympic Games. They make it pos­si­ble for all the Olympic ath­letes to re­alise their dream of a life­time.”

He con­tin­ued: “The Olympic ath­letes show the whole world that it is pos­si­ble to com­pete with each other while liv­ing peace­fully to­gether un­der one roof at the same time.”

In his re­marks, the Pres­i­dent of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly H.E. Mr. Miroslav La­jčák said: "The Olympic Games and the United Na­tions as­pire to the same ideal. This is an ideal based on hu­man­ity. It says that, no mat­ter what is go­ing on in state cap­i­tals around the world, peo­ple will al­ways have a space in which to en­gage and con­nect. "

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