TORINO 2006: The Olympic Truce Resolution Presented In Rome
As host country of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, Italy has, this year, the responsibility of submitting a draft resolution on the Olympic Truce to the 60th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The presentation of the draft resolution was made by the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Gianfranco Fini, at the Farnesina, the seat of the Foreign Ministry. Minister Fini was joined at the announcement by Gianni Letta, Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council for Ministers; Mario Pescante, IOC member and Undersecretary of State for Culture; Valentino Castellani, President of the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC); and Giovanni Petrucci, the President of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI). All the ambassadors to Italy in Rome were also invited to the presentation.
Sport And The Olympic Ideal
The draft resolution will be entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal.” The resolution will be voted upon by the 60th Session of the General Assembly of the UN on 3 November 2005 in New York. A delegation comprising representatives of the Italian government, the IOC, TOROC and the local Piedmont authorities will attend.
Symbols Of Peace And Solidarity
Speaking about the Truce, Minister Fini commented, “For Italy it is an honour to host the Olympic Games and the Olympic Torch Relay, symbols of peace and solidarity, values which our country firmly believes in. The success of these Olympic Games depends on the support of the entire community. Our hope is that after this presentation today, the support of the international community for the Olympic Truce will be unanimous, including also those countries not directly involved in the Winter Games.”
As well as taking part in many of the planned Olympic Truce initiatives, TOROC is also directly promoting two projects. The international convention entitled “Religions and Sports: Vision of the Body and Sports Practice”, which is run by the Interfaith Committee of Torino 2006, and the project “Pigotte di Torino 2006 – the rag dolls of Torino 2006” organised in collaboration with UNICEF. UNICEF was also on hand during the presentation, as it brought the signatures of two of its “Sport Goodwill Ambassadors”, Italian footballers Francesco Totti and Paolo Maldini, in support of the Olympic Truce and presented Minister Fini with a prototype of the rag doll.
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.”
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 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.