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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 11:08 GMT
Tutu spreads Olympic message
Desmond Tutu makes his address at Salt Lake City
Tutu is still championing causes at 70 years old
By BBC Sport Online's Alex Gubbay in Salt Lake City

The Olympics attracts all manner of personalities from across the world.

But one face I was not expecting to see braving the freezing temperatures in Salt Lake City was Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The former Nobel Peace prize winner is in town to give an address at the 2002 Reebok Human Rights awards - but will also be spreading the Olympic spirit at the same time.

I'm quite keen to see the ice dancing

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"I'm excited to be here - it's exhilarating. But I'll definitely be wrapping up very warm," Tutu told BBC Sport Online.

The famous grin swept across the Archbishop's face when I asked him which events particularly caught his eye.

"I'm quite keen to see the ice dancing," he quipped. "But as for trying any sports out, noooo, I'm way too old."

Perhaps, but for a 70-year-old, Tutu is still bright as a button.

And the man who was for so long the face of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa is only too aware how sport can help fight human rights abuses around the world.

Desmond Tutu makes his address at Salt Lake City
Tutu believes the peace message of the Olympics is vital
"Sport helped trigger a great deal of change in our country, and we learned how it was possible to use sport in a positive way to bring about change.

"The Olympics are the perfect chance to celebrate diversity because there are so many nationalities here.

"It is so good to see human beings testing their abilities, competing in a way that is not lethal, and enjoying themselves.

"At the end, athletes will congratulate one another whether they have won or lost, and that sort of fellowship must be cherished.

"We will witness so many extraordinary things at this extravaganza, so while there is still a great deal of evil around the world, it will be nice to enjoy the good as well."

BBC Sport Online's Alex Gubbay

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