Ricardo Leyser (Brazil) - Celebrating the Olympic Spirit
Ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and the presentation of the Olympic Cup Award to the UN in the Presence of the Olympic Flame.
The Olympic Flame will stop at the United Nations Office at Geneva on Friday 29 April 2016, as it starts making its way to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 in Brazil this summer.
The Flame, to be officially lit at Ancient Olympia, Greece, tomorrow 21 April, will arrive at the Palais des Nations in a lantern carried by a child, and will shine brightly at a ceremony commemorating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, will attend the ceremony.
Other dignitaries expected include:
· Michael Møller, Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
· Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace
· Ricardo Leyser, Brazil’s Minister for Sport
· Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee
· Regina Dunlop, Brazil’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Geneva.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is normally celebrated on 6 April to highlight the positive influence sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development. This year’s commemoration in Geneva coincides with the Olympic Flame’s arrival in Switzerland.
During the ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach will also be presenting the Olympic Cup to the United Nations. Its Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will be accepting the award on behalf of the Organization.
The IOC awards the Olympic Cup to an association or institution that has provided distinguished service to sport or contributed successfully to the promotion of the Olympic ideals.
Geneva will be the first stopover in Switzerland for the Flame before it moves to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and then heads to Brazil.
Accredited media are welcome to attend the ceremony and take part in the following photo opportunities and press encounter.