Pau Gasol, the International Ice Hockey Federation, Dili city of peace, I- Act, Megafon, Baghdad Galley and football rebels are the best actors for peace through sport in 2012
Sochi, 1 November 2012, -This evening, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, High Patron of Peace and Sport, and Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport presented the prestigious Peace and Sport Awards to celebrities, organizations and initiatives that have made their mark on the 2012 peace through sport movement.
The Awards Ceremony was held in Sochi during the 6th Peace and Sport International Forum, the first to be held outside Monaco.
The winners of the Peace and Sport Awards 2012 were selected by a prestigious jury presided over by Joël Bouzou, among whom eminent members include H.R.H. Princess Sarah Al-Feisal, Walter Gagg Director of FIFA, Nick Fuller head of education at LOCOG, Laura Walden, Founder and Director of SportsFeatures.com. Chumpol Silapa-archa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Sport in Thailand and rugby legend Jonah Lomu.
A total of six awards were presented during an exceptional evening in the presence of more than 700 delegates from around the world gathered at the Grand Hotel Polyana, a focal point of the next Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 2014.
The 2012 Champion for Peace Award was awarded to PAU GASOL from Spain, Olympic medallist in basketball in 2008 and 2012.
- Pau Gasol won the award for his "Project of Pau" initiative, in partnership with UNICEF, which aims to give more children in Africa access to schools so that they receive education as well as information about hygiene and healthy lifestyle, water and sanitation equipment.
The Award for the International Federation of the Year was given to the INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION
- The International Ice Hockey Federation was rewarded for developing 'the Balkan Union of Ice Hockey’ project, bringing together nine countries (Slovenia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Macedonia) to develop ice hockey in the region, at the same time establishing friendly relations and mutual understanding between cultures.
The Sports Event of the Year went to DILI, City of Peace
- The "Dili, City of Peace" initiative promotes social peace and contributes to the help the poorest through sport in order to consolidate stability, sovereignty and national unity in East Timor.
The Award for the Non-Governmental Organisation for Peace of the Year was presented to I-ACT
- I ACT was rewarded for its 'Darfur United' program that uses sport to build peace and develop positive relationships between the refugees in Darfur. This year, a male team participated in the Viva World Cup. Refugees established peaceful relations between themselves whilst recruiting and training the team.
The Award for the best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of the year went to MEGAFON
- MegaFon was awarded for "The Championship" initiative, an annual youth football tournament specially organized for orphans and institutionalised children. It is the only sports tournament in Russia for children who live in state care.
The Special Jury Prize was awarded equally to two films: BAGDAD GALERE (Wild Angle Production) and LES REBELLES DU FOOT (13 Productions)
- 'Baghdad Gallery' tells the incredible story of three young Iraqi rowers from very different backgrounds united by an almost impossible dream: To try to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games against all odds.
- "Les Rebelles du Foot" tells the story of five football stars who were involved in disputes with ruling authorities, becoming heroes of resistance or rebellion that surpassed their sports exploits.
- The winner of the Peace and Sport Image of the Year was announced at Sportel Monaco on 16 October. Guatemalan athlete Erick Barrondo was represented in Sochi by Sergio Vargas of the Guatemalan Committee Olympic.
- By winning the silver medal in the 20 km men’s walk event in London 2012, Erick Barrondo became the first Olympic medallist in the history of Guatemala. Just after he crossed the finish line, he dedicated his historic victory to the youth of his country and called on them to lay down their arms for the benefit of the sport.
- The Peace and Sport Image of the year Award 2012 was awarded following a voting procedure by Internet open for fans from around the world. Over 15 000 people voted to elect the winning image on Peace and Sport’s website.
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