Our Champion for Peace

Jean-Baptiste Alaize

Sport took me out of silent and trauma, it allows me to go beyond my suffering, to discuss and to share about life experience. Being a Champion for Peace is an opportunity to meet with the youth and to share a message of peace.


A survivor of the massacres that took place in Burundi in the 1990s, with one leg amputated at the age of three, he sees sport as a therapy. One of the figureheads of the 2017 Friendship Games, he visited his home country once again to present the medal that he won in the World ParaAthletics Championships in London to children participating in the Games.

age

27

pays

France

sport

Athletics

palmares

Olympian

14/08/2017

Bujumbura, Burundi

Friendship Games 2017

The 8th edition of the Friendship Games, organised by Peace and Sport in partnership with the National Olympic Committee of Burundi, concluded after a weekend full of sport, learning and intercultural dialogue in  Bujumbura, Burundi last week.

The event brought together 200 children from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to celebrate the role sport can play in initiating social change.  Nine International Federations joined Champions for Peace, French Paralympian Jean Baptiste Alaize, taekwondo star  Pascal Gentil, and former French National Rugby Team captain  Jean-François Tordo to help encourage better inter-cultural dialogue in the Great Lakes region.

2016

Peace and Sport Forum 2016