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© CIO / Jürg Donatsch

This football made by children in Nairobi, Kenya from plastic bags and string, symbolizes the inspirational power of sport.

It was presented to IOC President Jacques Rogge by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the XIII Olympic Congress on 3 October 2009 in Copenhagen. In recognition of the close cooperation between the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations, the IOC was granted UN Observer status on 19 October 2009.

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