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FASANOC honours Mandela

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

THE Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee joined its parent body, the International Olympic Committee yesterday to honour Nelson Mandela.

In response to a request by IOC president Thomas Bach, the Fiji Olympic House flags were flown at half-mast yesterday in memory of the former South African president.

Bach called on all 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) around the world to honour Mandela by flying their flags at half-mast on the day of his funeral which was on Sunday.

FASANOC chief executive officer Lorraine Mar said since Fiji Olympic House was closed over the weekend, the flags were flown at half-mast yesterday.

Bach said all representatives of the Olympic Movement should be inspired by the example set by Mandela and proud of the important role sport played in his life and the rebuilding of South Africa.

"Mandela always respected sport for its ability to break down walls and build bridges, and the world of sport benefited a great deal from his involvement in it," said Bach said in a statement from FASANOC0.

"We should help to ensure that Mandela's sporting vision and legacy live on by continuing to work, through sport and the Olympic values, for the benefit of humanity."

Mar added the thoughts of their sporting fraternity have been with their colleagues at the South African Olympic Committee.

"We are proud to join them and the Olympic Family, in acknowledging the work of a great leader."