Joël Bouzou is the President and Founder of “Peace and Sport, L'Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” and the President of the World Olympians Association.
Founded in 2007, Peace and Sport is a Monaco-based organization under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II. Its objective is to bring the structuring values of sport to the heart of communities in crisis throughout the world, making sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace. The backbone of its action is a group of over 60 high-level athletes, called "Champions for Peace" who dynamically support the organization's activities at all levels.
In November 2011, Joël Bouzou was elected President of the World Olympians Association (WOA), the only international organization which unites all of the 100,000 athletes to have competed in an Olympic event.
The WOA fulfils two major missions:
· Uniting and supporting Olympians during and after their career, through a whole range of programs.
· Serving society by promoting the Olympic ideals and supporting the Olympians’ involvement in public service, making the most of their capacity to act as powerful role models for the youth of today and foster social cohesion across the globe.
Current Vice President and former Secretary General (1997 to 2012) of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) and a highly accomplished Modern Pentathlete himself, Joël Bouzou has participated in four Olympic Games (Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) winning a bronze medal during the 1984 Games. In 1987, he won the World Championship title in Modern Pentathlon.
In 1991, Joël Bouzou founded the association “Rassemblement par le Sport” (“Together through Sport”) and created the “Champions in the Street” program, which helps the social insertion of young people through sport in city suburbs, using champions as role models.
A French national, Joël has been awarded the Legion of Honour (the highest decoration in France), and the National Order of Merit. He has also been decorated with the French medal ‘Médaille d’Or de la Jeunesse et des Sports’ (‘Gold Medal for Youth and Sports’).
In 2010, Joël was awarded a Diploma Honoris Causa in Humanities from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa-Rica in recognition of “his unique worldwide leadership role in promoting peace and mutual understanding among different cultures, and his leadership of organizations devoted to these objectives."
Joël Bouzou is also Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.