Jacques Delors, President of the CEC received the symbolic flame for Sports Aid, an UNICEF Action
Sport Aid (also known as Sports Aid) was a charitable event held on May 1986, to support famine relief in Africa. Omar Khalifa, a champion Sudanese 1500m runner lighted a symbolic torch at the UNO to signal the start the 10K races around the world. Omar Khalifa began his travel to the UNO on May 16. He went then to Athens where the torch of the UNO and the Olympic torch were symbolically joined. This was the first time the Olympic torch had been lit outside of an Olympic Games. He then ran through 12 European capitals, being greeted by leaders like Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, President Mitterrand, Chancellor Kohl and Pope John Paul II and Jacques Delors President of the EEC.