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  • U.N. Endorses Turin Olympic Truce


    (ATR) With a record number of signatories, the Olympic Truce is now in effect for the Turin Olympics, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly Thursday in New York. Among the IOC officials on hand, the member from France sentenced to jail last week for corruption charges.

    This latest version of the Olympic Truce is the first time all 190 member-nations of the U.N. have signed on as sponsors.

    Turin 2006 President Valentino Castellani, on hand for the resolution debate, said it was a "wonderful result."

    "I am very proud of Torino, where in February for the Olympics and March for the Paralympics, we the values of peace through sport will be shown to the world," he said at a briefing following the General Assembly debate.

    Castellani says TOROC has taken the Olympic Truce into practice, organizing fund raising for vaccinations for children in developing countries and helping with a mine-clearing project at Olympic venues in Sarajevo.

    Eleven nations took part in debate, which was in large part devoted to the positive effect of sport on society and conflict resolution.

    The representative from Israel did chide the IOC for not holding a memorial for the Israeli athletes and coaches who died in the 1972 attack against the Olympic Village in Munich. The action of an Iranian athlete in Athens last year who deliberately lost a judo bout to avoid meeting an Israeli in the next round, was also mentioned by the Israeli diplomat as a blot against the spirit of peace through sport.

    The IOC group included Tommy Sithole, director of the IOC office of inter
    national cooperation and IOC members Alpha Ibrahim Diallo of Guinea and France's. None spoke at the U.N.

    Diallo, a member of the Executive Board, served for two years as Guinea's U.N. ambassador.

    Drut is chairman of the IOC International Relations Commission. His trip to the U.N. comes one week after he was found guilty of corruption charges in France and handed a 15-month suspended jail sentence.

    While awaiting a verdict in his trial in June, Drut voluntarily stepped aside from his IOC duties, to avoid tainting the Paris bid for the 2012 Olympics. As a convicted felon, Drut now faces a possible suspension by the IOC, depending on a ruling from the IOC Ethics Commission.

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