United Nations adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

James 'Woodsy' Woods on the top of the podium in August

The full draft resolution can be found here.

North Korean figure skaters Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik qualified for the 2018 Winter Games at an International Skating Union competition in Oberstdorf, Germany in September.

"Only the United Nations member states can guarantee the athletes the safe passage to the Olympic Games", he said.

The resolution was drafted under the initiative of the South Korean government, with numerous United Nations members collaborating to the process.

The resolution, entitled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal", called for nations around the world to suspend hostilities during the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games hosted by South Korea in Pyeongchang, Gangwon, next February.

"We're incredibly excited about the Leyard technology we will be using for our coverage of the PyeongChang Games", said Michael Sheehan, coordinating director of NBC Olympics, in the announcement.

It also expressed expectation that the PyeongChang Olympics "will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia". He said that Korean citizens still remember the 1988 Games as a catalyst for "promoting peace through sports by bringing the East and West together".

"Sydney 2000 was another example, as with the support of the IOC, athletes from both Koreas entered the Olympic stadium under the same flag". "I strongly believe this is the spirit of the Olympic Games, and it represents the potential and the power of sport".

The resolution, "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal", was adopted by consensus without voting on Monday at the 72nd General Assembly.

"We hope our joint action today will lead to a chain reaction for the promotion of peace within the region and beyond", Lee added. The pair's participation in the Games is now up to the North Korean Olympic committee. "Together we are more powerful than any of us working alone".

"For them to participate is a sign that we'll have safe and secure and good Games", Do Jong-hwan, South Korea's minister of culture, sports and tourism, said at an event organised by the New York-based Korea Society.

Matters have escalated further by the increasingly threatening rhetoric between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Introducing the resolution, Lee Hee-beom, the president and CEO of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee said the truce begins seven days before the opening of the Olympic Games and concludes on the seventh day after the closing of the Paralympic Games. "At the same time, we do know that this may be a very last-minute decision by North Korea", said South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan at an Olympics preview event in NY.



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