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    UNESCO DIRECTOR-GENERAL SENDS LETTER TO PARTICIPANTS OF "WORLD SPORTS AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM" FORUM

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    MOSCOW, January 27, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura sent a letter to the participants of the "World Sports Against international Terrorism" forum.

    The letter was sent on the name of Chairman of the State Sports Committee Vyacheslaav Fetisov, the press-service of the State Sports Committee reported. In his letter Matsuura approves "the initiative of the gathered in Moscow Olympic Champions, who state their protest against the international terrorism in all its manifestations." "On behalf of UNESCO I grant you my support for this highly appraised action, which I hope will find positive reaction in the world of sports and beyond its boundaries," the Director-General noted.

    The main directions of the forum activities will be the development of sports grounds, including in the so-called problematic regions, provision of children with sports equipment and organization of sports events in the regions, which suffered from terrorism.

    The forum will participate in the organization of systems in various spheres - sports education and training for the youth, international sports centers and camps, training of coaching staff for the work with the youth, charity activities directed at the development of the youth sports, organization of various sports events under the mottos of fighting against terrorism and extremism.

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