Peace & Sport has big plans

Joël Bouzou with Minister of State Michel Roger
Joël Bouzou with Minister of State Michel Roger

The Monaco-based association Peace & Sport has announced that the Principality will host three important events on April 6 to raise public awareness of sport as a global tool for peace and development…

Minister of State Michel Roger and several other key players in the Monaco government were on hand at the Thursday press conference to hear details of a special sports competition for local school children sponsored by  the Department of National Education and the Princess Charlene Foundation as well as a  “Kid Athletics Day” created by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

A “Play Your Peace” open play zone on the terrace of Stars’n’bars is also being organised by Masters students of the International University of Monaco.

Two-time Olympic Gold ski champion Pernilla Wiberg urged everyone to become involved in some way to teach children the positive values traditionally associated with sports and to create a culture of peace particularly in areas of conflict. Wiberg  is one of nearly 100 world-class Champions of Peace who donate their time and celebrity to raise awareness and help disadvantaged communities through sport.

April 6 is International Day of Sport for Development and Peace launched by the United Nations in August 2013 on the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee.

To conclude the press conference, Joël Bouzou President and Founder of Peace and Sport, encouraged all participants to post their ‘selfies’ on Facebook and Twitter holding up a white card (see related story), stressing that “peace through sport is possible” and that “Peace belongs to all of us”. #WhiteCard #IDSDP2015

Article first published March 27, 2015.