IOC: the power of sport against discrimination

23 Mar 2017

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) joins the United Nations and many others in observing the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination – an annual reminder that every person is entitled to human rights without any form of discrimination. Established by the United Nations in 1960, this Day marks the need to continue to tackle racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes, ever-present across the world. Through a long-standing partnership with the United Nations, the IOC has been using sport to unite individuals and communities amidst their diversity and promote a culture of peace and humanity.

Practising sport, without discrimination of any kind, is a human right and a fundamental principle of the Olympic Movement” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “We believe in the power of sport to build bridges between communities, and the Olympic Games are the embodiment of how sport can help stand up against racial discrimination, and unite people from all walks of life”.

In turn, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said: “Words of fear and loathing can, and do, cause real damage. It is my hope that I will one day see every child grow up without racial prejudice. Let us all stand up against discrimination”.