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Grim warning for idle youth

Jose Ramos Horta ,the president of East Timor, has warned the world is in crisis because of lack of physical activity by young people.

This, he described saying, that the crisis is much bigger threat than poverty and global warming.


President Ramos Horta said that sport is the tool which will solve our global ills and he called on the United Nations to lead the way saying that sport has the power to heal.

At the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen the Nobel Peace prize winner during his speech warned saying people need to get up and get active before it is too late.

Sport needs to be a more vital part of our lives and sports should be made compulsory in schools and governments. Also there is a need to provide more sporting facilities in urban areas.

He put a request to the world that we should come together and need to craft the scenario and also work to heal the cancer damaging mother earth. We should not point fingers at each other, because the poor can’t blame the rich.He appreciated the International Olympic Committee for introducting the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which will be the first to be staged in Singapore next year.

He appealed to all delegates to take action to prevent sport falling off the social agenda all together. He said sport is all about building peace in the world.

President Ramos Horta spoke about the thrill witnessed by him and his young East Timorese Team when they had marched into the Olympic stadium at Homebush in 2000 and the entire crowd stood and cheered. The IOC had fast-tracked the Timorese membership of the Olympic movement so they could participate in the Games. For this he thanked the IOC, especially the Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper, for allowing East Timor to be part of the Sydney Games.

He added saying that it is the nations young who will guide, support and motivate the future world to come. It is the nations duty to put the interests into the young people first.

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