The UN General Assembly recently adopted the resolution, by consensus, “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal,” supporting the Olympic Truce aimed to ensure the safe passage and participation of athletes and spectators at February’s XXIII Olympic Winter Games, The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, in the Republic of Korea.
The consensus for the resolution included both the Republic of Korea and the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea as well as the future hosts of the Olympic Games: Japan, China, France and the United States of America.
“With the Olympic Truce resolution, the United Nation General Assembly is creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace,” said International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach.
“Only the UN Member States can guarantee the athletes a safe passage to the Olympic Games. They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realize their dream of a lifetime,” said Bach, an Olympic Champion and Chair of the Olympic Channel Services board of directors.
Calling on the nations of the world to uphold the Olympic Truce for the time of the Olympic Winter Games, the resolution’s first operative clause specifically asks Member States “to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons taking part in the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games.”
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