Former Olympic Champion and Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Lord Coe, making his address to the General Assembly. 
Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.Former Olympic Champion and Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Lord Coe, making his address to the General Assembly. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Resolution on Olympic truce - with a record number of co-sponsors

Last updated: 10/17/2011 // Norway, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer, warmly welcomes the UN resolution on the Olympic Truce. The United Kingdom formally submitted the resolution to the General Assembly, and all the other UN member states chose to co-sponsor the resolution.

Norway strongly supports the Olympic ideal and the winter games at Lillehammer are still a fond and living memory of the Norwegian people. Norway particularly salutes the increasing acknowledgement of the Paralympics games as a confirmation of sport’s ability to include all.  The Paralympics and Olympics participants deserve our sincere respect and admiration for crossing boundaries and excelling in what they do.

All member states of the UN joined the call for building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal.

The double Olympic Champion, Sebastian Coe, delivered the statement "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal".Lord Coe pointed out that the principles of the Olympic founding father, Baron de Coubertin, are as valid and relevant as ever. The massive co-sponsorship from all the member states gives hope in a time of global challenges. 

In the debate, former and future hosts took the floor to advocate support for the Olympic Truce and peace and understanding through sport. The main sponsor of the resolution, the UK, sees sport as an arena that can mend broken communities, rebuild trust, rediscover self-respect, and foster the values at the core of our common humanity. 

The founders of the Olympic games, Greece, reminded the General Assembly about King Ifitos of the ancient city of Olympia, who worrisome of the plague of war that was devastating the region, consulted the oracle of Delphi, and got an unequivocal answer; A competative sports events was the means to replace hostilities by peace.

Brazil’s commitment includes the hosting of three megasporting events: the Confederation Cup in 2013, the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China made August 8 China’s Nation Fitness day. 

India said that sports, games and physical fitness have been “an integral part of the Indian heritage, evident even today in the highly evolved system of yoga as well as the vast range of indigenous games and martial arts practised in different parts of India since time immortal”.

Lord Coe ended his statement by quoting Mr. Nelson Mandela: "Sport has the power to change the world. Sport can create hope. It is an instrument for peace".


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