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The XIII Olympic Congress opened with a keynote address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ban told Congress delegates at the Bella Center in Copenhagen that “Sports can be found anywhere in the world. I have travelled to countries mired in poverty. To communities struggling to survive. To war-ravaged places where all hope seems lost. Suddenly, a ball appears, made out of plastic bags or newspapers. And we see sport gives life to hopes and dreams.”


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