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UN special adviser on sport deplores deadly attack at Boston Marathon

16 April 2013

Geneva (UNOSDP)- The deadly bomb attack at the Boston Marathon today has sparked the condemnation of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke, who condemned the assault that strikes at the heart of the values of tolerance and understanding of sport.



According to media reports, two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have, at this moment left at least three dead and 144 injured.

“This appalling and cowardly attack is not only a violent act against innocent civilians, it is also an attack against the values of sport which can foster mutual understanding and friendship”, said Lemke.

Mr. Lemke extended his condolences to the families of the victims and sends his support to those injured in the attack. Mr. Lemke voiced hope that the authorities will bring those behind the attack to justice. The incident is another in a tragic series of attacks against those taking part in sport, as well as spectators.

“It seems by attacking those participating in sport, the perpetrators also try to sabotage peaceful and joyful encounters and the hospitality of the hosts of international or local events and spread a message of despair and fear,” the Special Adviser said, calling on all involved in sport to “defy these despicable acts by continuing to actively harness the positive values of sport.”

On behalf of the Group of Friends on Sport for Development and Peace in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Switzerland and the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, as co-chairs of the Group, make the following statement:

“The Group of Friends on Sport for Development and Peace in Geneva is convinced that Sport has the inherent ability to promote peace, mutual understanding, friendship, and tolerance. In this regard, we strongly condemn the violent act against innocent persons perpetuated this week during the 117th Edition of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. A peaceful and cheerful sport event, for thousands of runners and spectators from all around the world, has instead become a tragedy.

Such a heinous act should not deflect our will to continue actively supporting the positive values of sport. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims.”


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