WINDHOEK: The British High Commissioner Mrs Marianne Young together with the Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Hon Pohamba Shifeta are set to celebrate the Olympic Truce and the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Windhoek High School Hockey fields on Friday where they are set to plant an olive tree.
According to a press statement issued by the British High Commission “the truce is an ancient
9th century BC Greek tradition of ‘Ekecheiria’ (Olympic truce), calling for a truce during the
Olympic Games to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage and participation of athletes and relevant persons at the Games, thus mobilising the youth worldwide to support peace.
The celebrations will the proceed to the city center where the truce will be marked by the ringing of bells for three minutes starting at 09:00. According to HE Mrs Young: “ Friday 27th of July marks the opening of the greatest show on earth – The London 2012 Games and also a time to reflect on peace.
She encourages all Namibians to join in the celebration by ringing their bells on Friday morning to uniting to support the incredible achievements of Team Namibia. Let the Games begin!“
The Olympic Truce was revived by the The International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1992 when the first United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution was passed.
The Truce is renewed every two years in advance to the summer and winter games.
The record breaking UN resolution on the Olympic Truce entitled “ Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal“ was sponsored by the UK on the 17th of October 2011 in UN when all 193 UN members states co-cosponsored the Resolution at the UN in New York.