At the 2011 Peace and Sport Forum held today in Monaco, Sochi Mayor, Anatoly Pakhomov, was passed the Peace and Sport flag by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, in front of 500 world decision-makers from sports and politics. The flag marks the fact that in 2012, Sochi will be hosting the 6th Peace and Sport International Forum. Natalya Parshikova, deputy Sport Minister of Russia, was also present for the ceremony.
“Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” (known as Peace and Sport) was founded in 2007 to bring together influential figures who strive to use sport to promote and build sustainable peace in vulnerable communities throughout the world.
“Through the Peace and Sport Forum we aim to raise awareness among political and sports leaders about sport’s extraordinary capacity to create a genuine and sustainable culture of peace,” Pakhomov stated. “Where better to hold it than Sochi – the crossroads of so many cultures across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are honored to have such a fantastic opportunity to show the very best of Sochi to the world and play an active role in promoting sport as a means for creating sustainable peace.”
The forum also included The Peace and Sport Awards ceremony, where Dmitry Chernyshenko – president and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee – presented the highly prestigious Sports Event for Peace of the Year Award to the East Africa Cup, youth football tournament, which is held annually in Kilimanjaro-Tanzania.
During his presentation Chernyshenko commented: “It is a great honor to host such a significant event in Sochi in 2012. Peace and Sport is an inspiring example of how sport can promote understanding and tolerance, while acting as a highly effective tool to create a lasting peace in regions across the world.” He went on to say that he views the event integral in brining about transformational changes across Russia.
For additional information about Peace and Sport, go to www.peace-sport.org.