International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach will speak at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York tomorrow, 6 November.
In a meeting on “Sport for Peace and Development: Building a Peaceful and Better World through Sport and the Olympic Ideal”, President Bach will ask the Member States of the General Assembly to adopt an Olympic Truce for the period of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, from 7 to 23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The Truce Resolution will be introduced by the Russian Federation on behalf of the IOC.
It is expected that President Bach will set out his vision and policy remarks about the relationship between sport and politics, autonomy and sports governance, the futility of Olympic Games boycotts and future cooperation between the IOC and the UN.
The IOC was granted observer status by the UN General Assembly in 2009.
The speech can be watched live via web cast here. The Session is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST.
About the Olympic Truce
The Olympic Truce, which dates back to the 9th century BC, supports the idea that throughout the Olympic Games, individuals, not countries, compete against each other in peaceful sport without the burden of politics, religion or racism.
In 1992, the IOC introduced the concept of the Olympic Truce to the modern Olympic Games, and in 1993 the United Nations General Assembly urged its Member States to observe the Olympic Truce. Through the Olympic Truce Resolution the UN invites its Member States to observe and promote peace before, during and after the Games in order to serve as a window for dialogue and to protect the interests of athletes and sport in general.
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