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16.08.2012

Ambassador Yakovenko’s talking points at presentation of the book of Ambassadors’ letters

The Olympic Truce is based on an ancient Greek tradition, dating back to the ninth century B.C. Its adoption followed a prophecy of the oracle of Delphi as a way to put an end to the wars. The Olympic Truce was announced before and during the Olympic Games to ensure athletes and spectators could travel safely to the Games and peacefully return to their respective countries.

The Olympic movement was reestablished in 1896 to help ensure a peaceful future for the humanity by raising awareness of sports. Unfortunately it failed to prevent the two World Wars. However, there can be no doubt that today sport and sportive events, like Olympic and Paralympic Games, help eliminate obstacles and unite people of different nationalities, political views and religions under the banner of equality, understanding and mutual respect.

Starting from 1993, the UN General Assembly has been adopting resolutions supporting the Olympic Truce. Their unanimous adoption confirms the faith of the global community in the ideals of the Olympic movement.

The UN General Assembly Resolution on the Olympic Truce drafted by the UK last year was supported by all the 193 UN member states. The Russian Federation sponsored the Resolution, which was aimed at improving life on the planet and uniting nations based on the peaceful ideals of sport.

Olympic ideas inspired the Russian-British statement on Olympic Truce signed during the visit of the Foreign Secretary William Hague to Moscow in May 2012. Our countries, as hosts of London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games, agreed to cooperate closely in spreading the ideals of the Olympic Truce through sport, culture and education to prevent conflicts and establish peace. We strengthened the need to support the contribution of the youth, women and people with disabilities in this matter.

To my mind, today’s event is another proof of our commitment to the ideals of the international peace.

I also would like to use this opportunity to congratulate Team GB on their brilliant success at the London 2012 Olympics. Russian athletes have improved their results too. The neighbourhood of our countries in the medal table symbolises the old tradition of close and mutually advantageous cooperation and promises good prospects for future.




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