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06 Mar 2015
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IOC statement on the creation of a special place for mourning in the Olympic Village

In its commitment to strengthening support for athletes, the International Olympic Committee has agreed to create a mourning place within the Olympic Village during the period of the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. The chosen spot will allow athletes and all those in the Village to mourn those who have passed away, in a special and dignified way.

The Executive Board intends to inaugurate this mourning place with a special ceremony that will give the opportunity to remember, in particular, those people who have died at the Olympic Games.

It has also been decided to devote a moment during the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games to allow everybody in the stadium, as well as those watching at home, to remember loved ones who have passed away.

“We want to give the athletes and others in the Olympic Village the opportunity to express their mourning in a dignified way and in an environment where representatives of the whole world are living together peacefully under the same roof”, said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“The moment of reflection in the Closing Ceremony should act as a reminder that this is an important and solemn Olympic moment, but that life is about more”, he added.

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