Monday, May 21, 2007

Worldwide Sports Peace Initiative Based in Monaco

Taking advantage of the opportunity of the Olympic Truce International Forum taking place in Olympi, Greece from 18-21 May, Joel Bouzou has announced the establishment of Peace and Sport (Organisation pour la Paix et le Sport), a worldwide initiative based in Monaco under the High Patronage of his Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. As an International Olympic Committee member and a recognized sportsman competing in five Olympiads, Prince Albert has constantly promoted the fundamental values of culture and peace conveyed through sport.

"Even more than an education, Sport is mixing people for a better understanding and thus contributes to a better World. Sport is finally just more than sport, Sport can contribute to Peace. This is why, as some others, we have made our own contribution from Monaco," Prince Albert declared this April in Beijing during the Assembly of the General Association of the International Sport Federations.

Supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations, Peace and Sport intends to lead actions all around the world in favor of "sustainable peace, on the basis of its values, namely independence, neutrality and perseverance," explained Mr Bouzou, the founding President of the organisation, former Olympic medalist, modern pentathlon world champion, General Secretary of the UIPM and Executive Board Member of the World Olympians Association.

Peace and Sport will use its natural relationships with governments, sport governance, and key companies to fund concrete local projects on specific post conflict zones. Peace and Sport will also involve role model Olympians to touch and attract the youth from these zones to sport and show them that sport is more than just a game, that it can bring people together in peace and harmony.

President Bouzou has built Peace and Sport based on his experience of Together through Sport, a French initiative that he created in 1991 and developed with the World Olympians Association and the International Olympic Committee from 1996 to 2006. "Through this experience we demonstrated that conceptualised action can bridge the gap between two worlds which very often, deliberately or otherwise, have tended to ignore each other and can help work towards better social cohesion," he said.

Peace and Sport partners include Crans Montana Forum, an international organisation which daily collaborates with governments of the whole world and has assisted them to progress on the paths of international cooperation for the last 20 years; and World Olympians Association, which will assist Peace and Sport" for its local projects by involving the Olympians to be used as role models in order to attract the kids with the programmes.

Peace and Sport will organize a yearly International Forum, with the first edition to be held in Monaco from 28-30 of November 2007. This Forum is expected to assemble major partners, Heads of State and government, international sport federations, international, national and regional organizations and private Companies having sport as their field of activity.

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