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Sports Diplomacy - Olympic Games

Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Idea and classical athletics, has a long tradition of organizing and participating in major sporting events. The Foreign Ministry, together with other, co-competent Ministries, handles issues that concern international sports relations and events, the Olympic Games, the Olympic Truce initiative, and the preparation and conclusion of international sports cooperation agreements.

Included in this general framework are:

• Cooperation, in international organizations, with the given country hosting Olympic Games, on issuing the Olympic Truce resolution. In this context, at the 24th Meeting of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, the resolution on “Promoting human rights through Sports and the Olympic Ideal” was adopted ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Moreover, in October 2015, in New York City, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on “Building a peaceful and better world through Sports and the Olympic Ideal.”

• Examination of the course of candidacies for the hosting of future international sporting events and monitoring of the preparations for events once a venue has been chosen.

• Cooperation with Brazil and Japan ahead of the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

• Cooperation with the Greek Olympic and Paralympic Committees and with the Federations and Associations of individual sports.

• Cooperation with the International Olympic Truce Centre.

• Cooperation with Embassies in Greece and consultation on the taking of special security measures for sports delegations competing in our country.

• Preparation of international agreements on sports cooperation.

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