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IOC President Thomas Bach and PACE President Pedro Agramunt

IOC President Thomas Bach and PACE President Pedro Agramunt

Sport is a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg stressed on Wednesday in adopting a resolution with the aim of promoting access to sport for all. Before the adoption of the resolution, IOC President Thomas Bach addressed the Parliamentarians and the Member States. In his speech, President Bach highlighted the fact that sport plays an important role for social cohesion by providing opportunities for people of different backgrounds to interact and exchange ideas: “Sport has the unique power to bring people together, regardless of background, gender, culture or belief. The Olympic Games Rio 2016 reminded us all of this great unifying power of sport. The best example of this was the participation of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.”

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