UN chief to carry Olympic torch

July 25th, 2012 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

United Nations, July 25 (IANS) United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-moon will visit London July 26-28, during which he will carry the Olympic torch on the final leg of its relay, a UN spokesman announced.

“On Thursday, at the invitation of the London Olympic Organising Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the secretary-general will carry the Olympic Torch in the final leg of its journey in the United Kingdom in the presence of the president of the IOC,” said Eduardo del Buey, the deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, reports Xinhua.

“It was an honour for the secretary-general, who is a firm believer in sports for development and for peace,” he said.

According to him, after taking part in events related to the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, Ban will attend the Opening Ceremony Friday.

During his visit in London, the UN chief will also hold bilateral meetings with British leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Foreign Secretary William Hague, said del Buey.

He added that the secretary-general will be discussing the concept of the Olympic Truce and will meet other leaders who will be in London for the opening of the Games.

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