: Rio2016.com: UN Secretary-General calls on all nations to observe Olympic truce (video)

15:22 Jul. 27, 2016

Rio2016.com: UN Secretary-General calls on all nations to observe Olympic truce (video)

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses journalists during a news briefing with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, on June 18, 2016 (AP Photo)

Summer Olympic Games takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to 21, 2016

"A respite in fighting would manifest the values that the Games seek to promote: respect, friendship, solidarity and equality," Ban Ki-Moon said.

With just over one week to go until the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a worldwide cessation of hostilities.

"A respite in fighting would manifest the values that the Games seek to promote: respect, friendship, solidarity and equality," Mr. Ban said on Monday (July 25).

"I call for a push to match efforts to win medals on the playing fields with work to silence guns on the battlefields," Mr Ban said.

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The ancient Greek tradition of the ekecheira, or 'Olympic Truce', began in the ninth century BC. During the truce period, the athletes, artists and their families, as well as ordinary pilgrims, could travel in total safety to participate in or attend the Olympic Games and return afterwards to their respective countries.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) renewed this tradition in 1992 by calling upon all nations to observe the truce. Full story  

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