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Sports Diplomacy - Olympic Games

Greece, cradle of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Idea and classical athletic competitions, has a long tradition of organizing and participating in major sporting events. The E4 Directorate of the Foreign Ministry, together with other, competent Ministries, handles issues concerning 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, (namely the UN) with the country hosting Olympic Games, on issuing the Olympic Truce resolution. In this context, the resolution "Building a better and more peaceful world through sport and the Olympic ideal" was adopted before the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

In addition, at the initiative of the Permanent Hellenic Representation in Geneva, it was drafted, presented and voted at the 37st session of the Human Rights Council in March 2019, a Greek resolution on « the promotion of human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal »

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

• Ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games cooperation with Japan.

• Cooperation with the Hellenic Olympic and Paralympic Committees and with the Federations and the Associations of each sport.

• Cooperation with the International Olympic Truce Centre.

• Cooperation with International Military Sports Council (CISM) – Election of Captain Andriopoulos in the International Administration Council.

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

• Preparation of international agreements on sports cooperation.

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