Ban Ki-moon runs at Sarajevo Olympic Stadium

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Posted: Jul 26, 2012 4:28 AM
Ban Ki-moon runs at Sarajevo Olympic Stadium

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Before carrying the torch in London, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon went for a symbolic run in the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo, the city that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Ban carried a torch Thursday morning as he ran alongside Sarajevo's marathon runner Islam Djugum, who even during Bosnia's 1992-95 war trained daily but only after dark to avoid snipers.

Ban said he will carry Sarajevo's spirit of resilience and reconciliation to London because here he saw a city that has risen from ashes and ruins and is now pulsing with "real life".

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Ban will later visit Srebrenica, the site of the worst massacre in Europe since World War II, where 8,000 men and boys were killed by Serb forces.