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07 Feb 2006
Olympic News

First signatures on the Olympic Truce Wall

Today, at the Olympic Village in Turin, IOC President Jacques Rogge invited all the participants in the XX Olympic Winter Games in 2006 to sign the declaration supporting the Olympic Truce.

Common cause with the United Nations
In his speech, President Rogge reiterated his thanks to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan for his tireless support for the Olympic Truce, as well as the 190 member States which were co-authors of the Resolution entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. The President underlined “This vote of confidence shows their commitment to peace, thus bringing a glimmer of hope to the youth of the world.”
Italian initiatives
The IOC President also thanked the Games Organising Committee (TOROC), the Italian government, the city and province of Turin, the region of Piedmont and the Italian NOC for their commitment and contribution to the promotion of the Olympic Truce and its dissemination throughout Italy.
For a better world
”Sport plays an important role in our society; it teaches respect and tolerance, two values much needed in our world. The Olympic Games are an unique occasion to let humanity triumph and show to the whole world how we can also peacefully coexist, just like the athletes in the Olympic Village”, added Jacques Rogge, before inviting the sports world to join the signature campaign. “By signing this wall, we can all make the world a little brighter for today’s and tomorrow’s generations.”
The first signatories
Besides President Rogge, the first signatories of the declaration were IOC Honorary President for Life Juan Antonio Samaranch, TOROC President Valentino Castellani; Undersecretary of State and Games Supervisor Mario Pescante; President of the Province of Turin Antonio Saitta; IOC Vice-Presidents Gunilla Lindberg, Lambis V. Nikolaou, and Chiharu Igaya; and Olympic Village Mayor Manuela di Centa. Double Olympic medallist at the Salt Lake City Games, American Derek Parra, signed on behalf of all the athletes present in Turin. Four years ago, Parra won gold in the 1,500 metres and silver in the 5,000 metres, in speed skating.
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