UN Secretary-General at Olympic Games in Sochi
On February 7, 2014, the UN Secretary-General made the following remarks in a video message celebrating the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia:
I am Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. My warmest greetings to the International Olympic Committee President Honourable Thomas Bach and all those gathered for the twenty-second Winter Olympic Games!
The UN Secretary-General went on to say, “the Olympics and Paralympics bring out the best in athletic achievement, and the Olympic Flame also illuminates hope for our common humanity. Even in the cold winter weather, barriers between people melt away The Olympic spirit prevails: fair play, mutual respect, friendly competition” he added.
He concluded by saying, “Let us take that spirit and spread it around the world for peace – and a truce between all warring parties around the world; for human rights and an end to discrimination; for a life of dignity for all. Together, let us celebrate sports and solidarity. “