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Olympic Flame Illuminates Hope for Common Humanity; Even in Cold Winter Weather,
Barriers between People Melt Away, Secretary-General Says in Video Message
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message for the Winter Olympic Games, 7 February:
Dobriy Viecher Sochi!
I am Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. My warmest greetings to International Olympic Committee President Honourable Thomas Bach and all those gathered for the twenty-second Winter Olympic Games!
The Olympics and Paralympics bring out the best in athletic achievement. 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.
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. Spasiba. Thank you.
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