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04 Nov 2005
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TORINO 2006: The Olympic Truce Resolution passed by the United Nations


The 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly has passed the Olympic Truce Resolution, put forward by the nation of Italy on behalf of the IOC, and entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal.” The Resolution, which comes ahead of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, was sponsored by 190 member states of the General Assembly. The passing of the Olympic Truce Resolution by the General Assembly demonstrates the role of sport as a means of promoting peace throughout the world. During the vote, the IOC was represented by IOC members Guy Drut and Ibrahim Diallo, as well as Tommy Sithole, the director of the IOC’s International Cooperation and Development department.
 
Promote Peace through Sport
Commenting on the continued role of the Olympic Truce, IOC President Jacques Rogge commented, “With around 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, the symbolism of the Olympic Truce is more important than ever, as the International Olympic Committee continues to promote peace through sport. And we hope that while the athletes compete together in Turin during these upcoming Games, the youth of the world will heed the Olympic Truce, and sport will once again help to promote peace throughout the world.”
 
Overwhelming Support
Valentino Castellani, the President of the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) said, “Torino 2006 is heartened by the overwhelming support and endorsement given to the Olympic Truce by the international community at the United Nations. Their solidarity reinforces the global desire for peace and a cessation of all acts of hostilities during the Olympic period.”
 
Deeper Understanding
In his speech introducing the Olympic Truce to the General Assembly, Italian Ambassador Aldo Mantovani said that the spirit of the Resolution "has been updated to the more pressing needs of today's world: in view of maintaining peace, promoting development, fostering dialogue, cooperation and better and deeper understanding among and between different cultures and civilizations."
 
The Modern Olympic Truce
The first Truce initiatives were launched by the IOC in 1992. Since 1993, the UN General Assembly has repeatedly expressed its support for the IOC by unanimously adopting, before each edition of the Games, a Resolution entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal.”
 
TORINO 2006
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.
 
 
Respect for the Olympic Truce
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