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IOC welcomed the UN resolution on Sports as a means to promote peace

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 3 November 2014 welcomed the United Nations resolution on Sports as a means to promote education, health, development and peace.

Nov 4, 2014 18:50 IST
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 3 November 2014 welcomed the United Nations resolution on Sports as a means to promote education, health, development and peace.

The recognition comes in a resolution adopted by consensus at the 69th regular session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 16 October 2014.

Highlights of the resolution
• It supported the independence and autonomy of sport as well as the mission of the IOC in leading the Olympic Movement.
• It acknowledged the major role of the United Nations system and its country programmes as well as the role of Member States and their programmes abroad in promoting human development through sport and physical education.
• It invited member States and other relevant stakeholders to join and support the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group, so as to further strengthen its work on all envisaged themes, including the pending thematic working group on sport and health.
• It encouraged Member States to join and participate in the Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace.
• It requested the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its seventy-first session on the implementation of the present resolution.
• It decided to include in the provisional agenda of its seventy-first session the item titled Sport for development and peace.

Comment
The IOC is eager to have self-governance reinforced to avoid any interference with national Olympic bodies over which the authority has and wants to maintain sole control. Past political disputes have spilled over into the Olympics, most famously leading to the United States and then Soviet Union boycotts at Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles in 2010.

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