Friday 16 October 2009

WORLD SIKH ORGANIZATION WELCOMES 2010 OLYMPICS


World Sikh Organization
Welcomes 2010 Olympics
Accommodation Policy
Punjab Newsline Network
Friday, 16 October 2009
OTTAWA: The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) welcomes theannouncement of guidelines by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (V2010 ISU)accommodating the kirpan at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympics Games.
The kirpan is an important Sikh article of faith, worn at all times by ‘initiated’ or amritdhariSikhs. It reminds the wearer of their obligation to stand up for justice and to support theunderprivileged in society.
WSO Canada President, Gurpreet Singh Bal said today, “The V2010 ISU’s forward thinkingpolicy accommodating the kirpan, is in keeping with the spirit of mutual understanding and celebrating diversity which are values shared both by Canadians and the Olympic movement in general.”
Senior Policy Advisor for WSO, Gian Singh Sandhu stated,“The V2010 ISU’s policy will allowpracticing Sikhs to fully participate and enjoy the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games along with fellow spectators from Canada and around the world.”WSO encourages Sikh spectators attending Vancouver Winter Olympic events to becomefamiliar with the V2010 ISU policy and strictly adhere to the guidelines. For furtherclarifications please contact either WSO or V2010 ISU with any questions you may have with regards to this policy.

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