By Uche Dozie

Sport Writer,


The uncertainties surrounding the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo due to global pandemic may have been doused as the United Nations (UN) has given the Olympic organising committee the greenlight to go ahead with the quadrennial event.

The UN through its General Assembly session threw their weight behind the games confirming the importance of the global event to resolving the world current challenge.

In a resolution titled “Building a peaceful World and better thanks to sport and the olympic ideal”, 186 of the 193 member states was unanimously adopted.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), through its president, Thomas Bach, lauded the backing of the United Nations for the games to go ahead. He says the decision is a sign of confidence that the Olympic games is capable of giving light at these dark times.

“With their support, governments around the world are once again emphasizing the unifying power of the Olympic Games. Games are a celebration of the unity of humanity in all its diversity. The athletes of the 206 National Olympic Committees and the Olympic Refugee Team formed by the IOC all enjoy the same rights and respect each other, with the application of the same rules for everyone without any discrimination. This decision is also a strong sign of confidence that the Olympic Games will be the light at the end of the dark tunnel in which humanity is currently facing. We are very grateful to all governments for this expression of confidence in the Olympic Games “.

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Chair, MORI Yoshiro also aligns his thought with the IOC president as the decision by the UN furthers the Olympic ideal of uniting communities in conflict and, in a more generally, to create conditions conducive to dialogue and reconciliation.

“We are pleased that the United Nations General Assembly has approved the change of dates for observing the Olympic Truce, in accordance with the new dates scheduled for the Tokyo 2020 Games. As the global spread of COVID-19 creates new challenges in regions already plagued by conflict, we continue to place our hope in the power of sport to bring people together around the world and to contribute to peace. Inspired by the adoption of this updated resolution, we will do everything to use the invaluable opportunity that the Tokyo 2020 Games represent to help build a peaceful and better world through sport. ” He said.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021 and will be followed by the Paralympic Games from August 24 to September 5, 2021.


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