UN chief sends best wishes to young basketball players seeking to break world record

08:02, July 22, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday sent best wishes to thousands of children in Gaza who are gathering on Thursday in an attempt to break the world record for the number of basketballs bounced simultaneously, a UN spokesman said.

Martin Nesirky, Ban's spokesman, told reporters that the secretary-general, in a video message recorded specially for the world record, congratulated the children of Gaza for taking part in this event. Ban told them, "You are showing the world that, if you are given the opportunity, you can be number one."

On Thursday, thousands of children in Gaza will attempt to smash the world record for the number of basketballs bounced simultaneously. This event is part of the "Summer Games" organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which runs summer camps for tens of thousands of Palestinian children, involving about a quarter of a million children across the Gaza Strip.

Adding his voice of support, UNRWA's Gaza Director, John Ging, said, "I have total confidence that the children of Gaza will break this world record. With their extraordinary determination and capacity to rise to a challenge, the children here can do anything."

Last year children attending UNRWA summer camps shattered the world record for simultaneous kite flying, sending some 5,000 kites aloft over the Gaza seashore.

These activities are intended to lift the spirits of Gaza's children who are largely forbidden from leaving the tiny, overcrowded enclave and who have few other opportunities for activities outside of school.

Source: Xinhua


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