It is a great pleasure to participate in this event.
I thank the Permanent Missions of Germany, the State of Qatar, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and Tunisia for bringing us together.
Sport has a tremendous – and in many ways unique – power to unite.
So-called “mega sport events”, such as the World Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, can spread that spirit of unity in mega-ways.
These events gather thousands of athletes and millions of fans. They attract media attention and inspire people from all over the globe.