Sports sets a guiding light for international relations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participates in Olympic torch relay ahead of Sochi Games. UN Photo
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participates in Olympic torch relay ahead of Sochi Games. UN Photo
7 February 2014 – The Olympic spirit of fair play, mutual respect and friendly competition “melts away barriers” and sets an example for international relations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told tens of thousands of spectators and tens of millions of others watching on television around the world at the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, today.

“The Olympics and Paralympics bring out the best in athletic achievement,” he said in a video message broadcast at the ceremony. “The Olympic Flame also illuminates hope for our common humanity. Even in the cold winter weather, barriers between people melt away.”

“The Olympic spirit prevails: Fair play, mutual respect, friendly competition. Let us take that spirit and spread it around the world.

“For peace – and a truce between warring parties around the world. For human rights and an end to discrimination. For a life of dignity for all. Together, let us celebrate sports and solidarity.”

Mr. Ban, who is in Sochi for the Games, is holding meetings with other world leaders attending the opening ceremonies, as well as leading sports officials. To continue reading click here.

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