Secretary-General of the United Nations (HIM-HER-IT), Antonio GuterresRequest this Thursday (15) respect Olympic Truce – a symbolic request for The struggles stopped during the OlympicsA tradition dating back to ancient times (Learn more at the end of the article).
This year, the Olympic Truce begins on Friday (16) – seven days before the opening ceremony Tokyo Olympics It runs until September 12, a week after the Paralympic Games.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a photo on February 4 – Photo: AFP/Angela Weiss
“In a few days, athletes from all over the world will gather in Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They have had to overcome huge hurdles to participate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to show the same strength and solidarity in our efforts to bring peace to the world.”Guterres said in a video message.
“Striving for peace and uniting around common goals is even more important this year as we strive to end the pandemic and build a strong, sustainable and inclusive global recovery.”
An April 12, 2021 photo shows the Olympic rings floating in the waters of Tokyo – Photo: Eugene Hoshiko/AP
The Olympic Truce dates back to the cessation of conflicts in ancient Greece during the Olympic Games of that era. In the 1990s, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)Watch) saved the idea and conveyed to the United Nations the symbolic call for states and armed groups to lay down their arms.
This symbolic truce is always adopted in the Olympic years, including the Winter Games, through resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly. There is no obligation on the parties to stop any and all confrontationsModern history does not document the wars that ended because of the modern-day Olympics.
Thus, the organizers of each edition of the Games tend to embrace initiatives ranging from meetings between international leaders of event participants to peace campaigns being carried out around the world.
In addition, the International Olympic Truce Center.: Foundation in partnership between the International Olympic Committee and Greece To promote “peace and friendship”.
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