UN chief to attend Rio Olympics opening ceremony

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United Nations, Aug 3: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will participate in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil.

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The ceremony will be held on Friday. Ban will participate in a relay in which the Olympic Torch is handed over, Xinhua news agency quoted UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric as saying on Tuesday. [Opening Ceremony start time in IST, TV channel and other information]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters before a Security Council meeting at U.N. headquarters

Ban will also meet the Refugee Olympic Team during his stay in Rio, Dujarric said.

The Rio Olympics will be held from August 5 to 21 and the Paralympics from September 7 to 18.

More than 10,000 athletes from a record number of countries will participate in the 2016 summer Olympics.

For the first time ever, a team of refugees will participate under the Olympic flag in the Games.

IANS

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