Tegla Loroupe, Garkuouth Puok Diep and John Anzrah
Chef de Mission of the Refugee Olympic Team and Champion for Peace - Long distance runner - Coach and Olympian

Roald Bradstock
Olympic athlete and UK Legacy Ambassador for Youth Sport Trust

Fahoum Fahoum
Arab-Israeli peace activist and Graduate of Columbia University

Isadora Cerullo
Rugby sevens player and Olympic athlete

Dikaia Chatziefstathiou
Reader in Olympic Studies and the Social Knowledge of Sport, Canterbury Christ Church University

Mihalis Monemvasiotis
Founder and Director Eleven Campaign

Marlene Harnois
Taekwondo Olympic Medalist and Champion for Peace

Samuel Azout
Founder and Chairman Futbol con Corazon

Kate Roff
Editor Peace News www.peacenews.com

Maria Toorpakai
Top ranked squash player, founder of the Maria Toorpakai Foundation and Champion for Peace

Angel David Rodriguez
Two times Olympian and Champion for Peace

Nada Al-Nashif
Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

Steve Mesler
CEO of Classroom Champions, Olympic Gold Medalist and Champion for Peace

Juan Bautista Segonds
President and Founder Rugby Sin Fronteras

Stephen Murphy
Patron of Tennis for All Uganda

Edgar Romero
German Sport University- International Sport Development and Politics

Geert Hendriks
AISTS Head of Projects

Luke Brenneman
Arizona State University

Wilfried Lemke
Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace

Nsabimana Radjabu
Director of the Youth Center of Bugarama, Rwanda

Ummul Choudhury
Co-Founder and CEO Capoeira4Refugees

Catherine Houston and Grant Jarvie
University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education

Zahra Ahmadipour and Mahdi Karimi
Tarbiat Modares University and University of Leiden

Simone Galimberti
Co-Founder of ENGAGE, Inclusive Change Through Volunteering

Elana Meyer
Olympic Medalist, Champion for Peace and Endurocad Ambassador

Lord Michael Bates
Charity Walker and Former British Minister of State at the Home Office

Michael J. Rosenkrantz
University of Arizona Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team

Luc Hernu
Director- General U.S.Pont Sainte Maxence Football

Jean-François Tordo
Rugby Player, President of Pachamama and Champion for Peace

Alexander Cárdenas and Sibylle Lang
Peace advocate and SDP researcher from Colombia, and Political Scientist and Fellow at Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Eli A. Wolff, Mary A. Hums, David Legg
Brown University, University of Louisville, Mount Royal University

Pernilla Wiberg
Olympic Champion and World Championship medallist in alpine skiing, Champion for Peace

Guo Chuan
First Chinese offshore sailor, Olympic torch bearer 2008 and 2016, Champion for Peace

Jason Laird
Lead physiotherapist at British Judo- English Institute of Sport

Beatriz Mejía
Director of Grupo Internacional de Paz

Michael Pedersen
Founder, M INC. > change the game

Nevena Vukašinović
ENGSO Youth Secretary General, Co-Founder of International Youth Working Group on UN - IOC cooperation, UN Youth Gateway Focal Point for Policy

Grant Jarvie
Professor and Director, University of Edinburgh, Academy of Sport

Jeremy Gilley
Peace One Day Founder

Maria Bobenrieth
Executive Director, Women Win

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

Dr. Alexander Cárdenas
Peace advocate and SDP researcher from Columbia

Oliver Dudfield
Head of Sport for Development and Peace, Commonwealth Secretariat

Linda K. Fuller
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Professor of Communications at Worcester State University

James M. Dorsey
Senior fellow S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture, University of Wuerzburg, Germany

Eli A. Wolff and Mary A. Hums
Brown University and University of Louisville

Tegla Chepkite Loroupe
Chef de Mission of the Refugee Olympic Team, Founder of the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, Champion for Peace

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19/06/2017 par

Let’s join our voices for World Refugee Day

World Refugee day, marked on June 20, is an occasion to reflect about challenges refugees are facing in their everyday lives and opportunities that could be offered in host countries….

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21/05/2017 par

Sport and Art: The Connections, the Similarities and the Opportunity to Create a New Platform to Promote Peace

As an athlete and an artist, I struggled for years to balance both sport and art in my life. But on my journey to becoming an Olympic athlete and then…

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07/05/2017 par

What Sport Means for Peace in the Middle East

Sports promotes cooperation, builds a common identity, and provides an overarching language to communities in conflict. I learned it first hand, because tennis changed my life. Growing up as a…

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01/05/2017 par

Effective Dialogue to Create Change: Breaking the Silence and Stepping out of the Comfort Zone

At the beginning of April, I participated in the Harvard and MIT Brazil Conference, an event organized by students at these institutions with the mission of bringing together brilliant minds…

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23/04/2017 par

Academics and Practitioners: Bridging the Gap for Peace

As an academic, practitioners want to understand my knowledge, and I want to understand their experience. Combining knowledge and experience can only promote the cause of peace through sport. However,…

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18/04/2017 par

The Role of Digital Media across the Peace Through Sport Movement

We have all just witnessed an incredible 4th edition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. With a record number of projects from every corner of the world,…

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03/04/2017 par

Culture, Education and Sport work well together on April 6

Sport is far more than a form of entertainment. It is also a potential catalyst for the promotion of education and culture beyond being essential to human development. Sport is…

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18/03/2017 par

Replicating Football for Peace in Colombia: The Community Empowerment Model

On November 24th, 2016, the government of Colombia signed a peace agreement with FARC[1], putting an end to a 50-year-old internal conflict. The country’s number one priority is the successful…

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12/03/2017 par

Sport: Often the first step towards peace

The town of Pinga in the DRC has been the site of horrific violence. Rebel groups and government forces clashed there as part of the country’s ongoing civil war, and…

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05/03/2017 par

Let’s dream big on the Women’s Day

People say that behind every successful man, there is a woman. But I believe that also behind every successful woman there is a man. At the International Women’s Day, I…

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26/02/2017 par

Athletes leading social change through sports

Throughout the course of history many athletes have spoken out in favor of social issues. Their actions and commitment have demonstrated that sportspersons can play an important role inciting social…

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13/02/2017 par

Quality sport means uniting efforts

Sport is a universal language. I think we all understand its potential. To harness this potential, we need the interface of social science research, young people and government – this…

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22/01/2017 par

A Digital Awakening for Sport and Social Good

At some point in our lives we come to what can best be described as an awakening. It’s a moment that stops us in our tracks, a moment that brings…

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15/01/2017 par

Building bridges between Cuba and the U.S through rugby

Sport is an effective tool for ameliorating diplomatic relations and exceeding social, economic and cultural differences. With that thought in mind, Rugby Sin Fronteras (Rugby without Borders) foundation has organized…

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08/01/2017 par

Tennis for all Uganda-The power of tennis to go anywhere

For years I have believed in the huge potential of sport to bring about peace and development. At the same time, I’ve been aware that my sport – tennis –…

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18/12/2016 par

No goal is reached without a struggle

The magic of sports is its ability to show us that we all want to help each other to reach our most ambitious goals. It helps us discover our true…

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13/11/2016 par

The Legacy of the Rio 2016 Refugee Olympic Team

A lot has happened since Rose Lokonyen walked into the Olympic Stadium as a flag bearer of the Rio 2016 Refugee Olympic Team. Rose was amongst the 10 athletes from…

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06/11/2016 par

Unity in Diversity at the Rio 2016 Olympics

How? Why? These questions are the next step in capitalizing on what we already know to be true—that sport has the power to unite people across differences. If we understand…

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23/10/2016 par

Promoting the United Nations values through Sport

Sport is a cost-effective, flexible and powerful tool in promoting peace and development objectives. It brings people together regardless of their origins and backgrounds, creates strong social cohesion and bonds,…

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17/10/2016 par

The Great Lakes Friendship Games as a seedbed for changemakers

Last weekend, 180 youngsters from 9 to 16 years old were protagonists at the 7th edition of the Great Lakes Friendship Games. During three days youth from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo…

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02/10/2016 par

Tackling mental health issues of refugee children through sport

World Mental Health Day, marked on October 10, is a day to reflect on the challenges refugee children face everyday; but especially in terms of their mental health. This day…

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25/09/2016 par

Humanitarianism, sport and the UN: Time for Change

“For as long as we invest in outdated or self-serving models of humanitarian action, we will continue to trade in missed opportunities.” – Dr. Samantha Nutt It is time for…

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11/09/2016 par Zahra Ahmadipour and Mahdi Karimi

Sport: A Substitute or a Motivation for War?

While Sport for Peace is widely seen as an emerging field, its antecedents can be traced back to the Olympic Truce where it was first used to settle temporary peace…

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17/05/2017 par Simone Galimberti

Turkish Airlines EMPOWERING league, a milestone in adaptive sport

In a recent skype conversation with Nicolai Zeltinger, the Head Coach of the German male wheelchair basketball team and the Coach of the RSV Lahn-Dill, the German, we learned how…

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04/12/2016 par Simone Galimberti

Pushing for adaptive sports in the developing countries while pushing for their whole rights

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, marked on December 3rd, is a day to reflect on the importance to increase sport participation among persons living with disabilities. The Paralympics…

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04/09/2016 par Simone Galimberti

Beyond the Paralympics: Sport as a Tool for Inclusion in Developing Countries

With 4,350 world-class athletes representing 176 nations competing for medals in 23 sport competitions, the upcoming Paralympic Games in Rio, especially after the great successes of the London edition, have…

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14/08/2016 par Elana Meyer

Olympics: breeding ground for transformative actions

One of the most important things that I have learned as a sport athlete came from the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. I went there with a vision of…

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31/07/2016 par Lord Michael Bates

Last step of a walk. First day of a truce?

The eyes of the world will be focussed on Rio for the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad on Friday 5 August. Few may have noticed that…

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20/02/2017 par Michael J. Rosenkrantz

Ability 360: Changing the Game for Athletes with Disabilities

Recently I attended a junior’s wheelchair basketball tournament at Ability 360. This is a 62,000-square-foot universally designed, accessible and transit-oriented non-profit resources center serving the disability community in the Greater…

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10/07/2016 par Michael J. Rosenkrantz

Moving Forward the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal

There are lessons to be learned from disability sports. It is those of us without a physical disability who put up barriers that prevent people with disabilities from playing, e.g….

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26/06/2016 par Luc Hernu

From field to classroom: teaching good citizenship through football

Football is a dominant force for good in the lives of million youth and children worldwide. It has a universal language and it is used as platform for cooperation and…

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11/06/2016 par Jean-François Tordo

When sport can give children hope

One of the most important things that I have learned as a sport athlete came from outside of the rugby field, when I began to see the power of sport…

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29/05/2016 par Alexander Cárdenas and Sibylle Lang

The role of sport in peace building and post-conflict

“The Role of Sport in Peace Building and Post-Conflict” was recently discussed in a public debate at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, a think tank and executive education institution…

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22/05/2016 par Eli A. Wolff, Mary A. Hums, David Legg

The Olympic Movement Belongs to Everyone

 “The Olympic flag is a universal symbol. It belongs to everyone. It belongs to mankind….it is the expression of universality and of brotherhood of the world.”  Jacques Rogge, 2008 In…

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15/05/2016 par Pernilla Wiberg

Game on for girls in sport

The movement to use sport as a catalyst for improving the lives of girls has been growing globally. Many efforts have been done at the international level to promote girl’s…

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22/04/2016 par Guo Chuan

One with the Flame…Carrying the light for peace

In the modern era, the Olympic Flame has been a powerful symbol of peace, unity and solidarity. Last week, again, the Olympic Flame was lit in Greece spreading the message of…

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15/04/2016 par Jason Laird

Rio Reconnaissance as an assurance of success for the British Judo at Olympics and Paralympics

For the athletes we work with day to day, the Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of their careers. As such, it is imperative that they are best prepared…

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28/05/2017 par Beatriz Mejía

Sports in contexts of Conflict and Post-Conflict: Beyond healthy use of spare time and the promotion sport values

In social contexts with a history of conflict, sport for community development transcends the idea of a healthy alternative to use spare time and becomes a tool to develop skills…

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18/02/2016 par Beatriz Mejía

Sport and post-conflict reconstruction in Colombia

In Colombia, throughout the territory, the dynamics of armed conflict have affected communities in all their dimensions, destroying social links, trust, integration and respect for others. The cycle of violence…

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10/02/2016 par Michael Pedersen

Defining WINNING as a Mix of Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Behavior

During recent months, I have been helping Sandboarding Peru integrate behavioral principles into its coaching framework for underprivileged children and youth doing sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru. The approach and process…

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28/08/2016 par Nevena Vukašinović

#Roadto2030: Search for Game – Changers

Global changes are challenging the way we mobilize for change. It’s not time to exit, but it is maybe last moment to change the way we play together. Young people…

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06/11/2015 par Nevena Vukašinović

No more tomorrows in youth and sport for development and peace

If you were connected to social networks today, you couldn’t have missed the two vibrating topics #iLoveYOG and #youth4SDGs. With less than 100 days to go to the YOG the IOC…

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11/12/2016 par Grant Jarvie

Sport for a Healthier World

Two premises guide the work of the Academy: that sport has a part to play in addressing the challenges that face humanity in the 21st century and to be seen…

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24/07/2016 par Grant Jarvie

Small sport interventions can make big differences to life chances

“We can tackle Homelessness and football can show the way” were the opening words as the 2016 Homeless World Cup kicked of in Glasgow on the 10th of July. Small…

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02/10/2015 par Grant Jarvie

Sport as a resource of hope in making the art of the possible, possible

Last weekend saw IOC President Thomas Bach claim that sport is a “natural partner” when it comes to realizing the ambitious agenda that will guide global development over the next…

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18/09/2015 par Jeremy Gilley

Building peace one day at a time through sport

This Peace Day, 21 September marks the 14th annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence, which was unanimously adopted by the member states of the United Nations in 2001. The…

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04/09/2015 par Maria Bobenrieth

The Equity Call: Why we need authentic, measurable and accountable gender mainstreaming in sport for development

Regardless of where I am in the world, the question I inevitably get asked when advocating for girls to have access to sport and personal development is, ‘But what about…

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12/06/2017 par Joël Bouzou

Be the future of sport for development and peace

The world woke up with devastating news on June 4th: a third major terrorist strike in the UK in three months. That same week, within days, it was reported a…

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10/04/2017 par Joël Bouzou

Translating April 6 into a global mobilization

The international community, activated by Peace and Sport, engaged last week in a successful mobilization, which proved that sport generates positive social change in the world. On the 4th edition of…

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26/03/2017 par Joël Bouzou

“Show us where you play your peace” with a #WhiteCard

Since the launch of the #WhiteCard campaign 4 years ago, more and more people have identified with the values of it and today, more than 28 million people have seen…

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06/02/2017 par Joël Bouzou

Making peace a reality – a Colombian example

“Good wishes alone will not ensure peace”, said Alfred Nobel. Last week at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, I was pleased to see so many young people and…

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26/12/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Creating pathways for social change

As 2016 drew to a close I want to delve into the importance of using digital media and information platforms in the service of peace. Sport information content focused on…

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27/11/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Speech on the occasion of Opening Ceremony at the 9th Peace and Sport International Forum

Peace and Sport wants to demonstrate that sport is a tool at the service of global peace. It can be used in places where civil war, ethnic conflicts, natural disasters or extreme poverty…

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10/10/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Lessons learned from the latest peace efforts

Today, at the end of a week marked with peace-related events, I write these words with optimism. This week, three events have been taking place in different parts of the…

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20/09/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Joining forces around the World Peace Day

Thirty-five years have passed since the United Nations General Assembly declared in a resolution the International Day of Peace, with a purpose to commemorate and strengthen the “ideals of peace…

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21/08/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Rio 2016: moments of humanity in a nutshell

During the two-week of inaction between the Olympic and the Paralympic Games we have a unique opportunity to reflect how both events can improve conditions necessary for sustainable peace. Rio…

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07/08/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Rio 2016: a chance for the global community to act

The traditional Olympic Truce, the sacred historical pause when nations around the world observe a period of peace, has begun. From 5th to 21st August the Rio 2016 Olympic Games…

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17/07/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Remembering, Honoring, and Taking Action for a better future

We are living in society where individuals are becoming incrementally intolerant. The last few weeks have been plagued with intolerant attacks globally. Today, I am writing these words with a…

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03/07/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Tour de France: a reminder of the power of cycling

The 103rd edition of the Tour the France has begun. For the next 23 days the world’s most prestigious bike race will be a perfect occasion to celebrate the positive…

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05/06/2016 par Joël Bouzou

The Refugee Olympic squad is more than a dream team

Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be remembered and its message of peace will prevail. Last Friday, the International Olympic Committee announced names of the ten athletes who will act not…

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08/05/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Think globally, act locally: confidence in the potential of small sport projects

Peace and global change derive from initiatives or small projects that create a bonfire on a large scale. Leaving aside its size, each sport project has the potential to have…

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10/04/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Translating April 6 into real-world impact

In a compendium of achievements around the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6, the international community, activated by Peace and Sport, engaged in a successful global mobilization…

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03/04/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Time for transformative actions as April 6 is approaching

On April 6 people unite by one language and one belief: language of sport and conviction of a possible peace. In 2014 the International Day of Sport for Development and…

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26/03/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Amid the hatred, sport becomes more vital than ever

A week ago, the world woke up with devastating news: a deadly explosion in Belgium left 35 people dead and 270 wounded. Three days later 32 people, among them many…

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21/03/2016 par Joël Bouzou

The White Card – A Symbol for Peace and the Future

Sport likes symbols. They are firmly anchored in its history: the Olympic rings; the Olympic flame; the crystal globe; the golden ball. They are all part of the legend. They carry inherent values and have survived the…

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11/03/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Sport is a Refuge for Arash Arian

Thomas Bach made the announcement at the beginning of March: a team of refugees will participate in the Rio Games in August 2016, made up of between 5 and 10…

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04/03/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Novak Djokovic, the Art of Good Timing

Novak Djokovic is a Champion for Peace. The Serbian tennis player joined Peace and Sport in April 2011 and, with conviction, commitment and humility, became part of a group of ambassadors…

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26/02/2016 par Joël Bouzou

A Legacy for the City and for Peace

The Olympic race has started in earnest for the four bidding cities for the 2024 summer Olympics. Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome presented their initial candidate files to the…

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05/02/2016 par Joël Bouzou

A Rainbow Showcase

Twenty-four goals were scored in French Premier League matches between 29 and 31 January 2016 on the 23rd day of the championship. Nine victories, of which four were away matches,…

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29/01/2016 par Joël Bouzou

It’s Time for Olympians to Get Involved

The sign is strong and the message eloquent. And the sight will be amazing. In April 2016, the Olympic flame will be lit in Olympia in Greece, less than four…

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25/01/2016 par Joël Bouzou

A Footballer Whose Commitment Runs Deep…

On Monday 11 January 2016, the whole world of football was focussed on Zurich, where the official FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala was held. Lionel Messi won the main award, attracting a flurry…

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15/01/2016 par Joël Bouzou

The year of refugees

News topics often influence scheduled events in the calendar year. The Olympic year of 2016 will also be the year of refugees. Not just in Europe, where hundreds of thousands…

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08/01/2016 par Joël Bouzou

2016: an Olympic Truce year

As we’ve just entered 2016, the international sports movement has already set its eyes on Rio for this summer’s Olympic Games. Six months before, it’s in the Norwegian town of…

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18/12/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Let’s continue driving change

Creating dialogue and raising more public awareness: this is the goal that we set ourselves with the launch of the Peace and Sport Watch in April 2015. The peace through…

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04/12/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Time to act

Looking back on the 8th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum, I now understand why I was convinced that our gathering was the best possible response we could provide…

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20/11/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Learning from yesterday, united in building tomorrow

The world is changing fast, yet conscious of the cost of violence the trap is to invest more in warfare than in structured peace-building actions. Have we not learnt from…

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13/11/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Today the Great Lakes Friendship Games build the ties of tomorrow

Today kicks off the 6th edition of the Friendship Games, an annual sports, cultural and awareness-raising event aimed at promoting fraternity among youth from bordering countries of the Great Lakes…

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30/10/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Peace through Sport Engineers on the rise

Only one month after 193 world leaders gathered in New York to commit to the SDG’s 17 Global Goals guiding the agenda of the United Nations for the next 15…

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16/10/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Sport Diplomacy a tool worthy of governments

The term “Sports diplomacy”, describes the use of sport as a means to influence diplomatic, social, and political relations[1]. Sports in this context may transcend cultural differences and bring people…

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09/10/2015 par Joël Bouzou

The Rugby World Cup or a call beyond truce and unity

Today, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was announced, the laureate went out to the National Dialogue Quarteta for their contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in…

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25/09/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Ready, steady, goals: Today sets the Sustainable Development Agenda for the next 15 years

Today, 193 world leaders will gather in New York for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit to commit to the 17 Global Goals guiding the agenda of the United Nations…

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11/09/2015 par Joël Bouzou

As the global refugee crisis (finally) reaches the shores of Europe’s agenda, sport explores its contributions

Beyond the recent tragic news, what I struggle with most is the fact that we have known the reality of a growing refugee crisis for years and that Europe could…

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31/07/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Faith in Sport – opening the road to dialogue and reconciliation

Although I am currently in Kuala Lumpur for the IOC session, I feel the need to bring the attention back to Europe in order to highlight the event that is…

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24/07/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Make every day a Mandela day – The legacy lives on

July 18 has marked Nelson Mandela International Day since the 2009 unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. Taking place every year on his day of birth, the day does…

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17/07/2015 par Joël Bouzou

In search for unity – South Sudan looks to sport

South Sudan’s bid for recognition by the Olympic movement will be considered on 28 July during the IOC executive board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If approved, the issue will then…

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03/07/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Turning Point for peace: Learning from the past building the future

Peace is not just the absence of war. We are constantly reminded of this, notably by recent tragic events in Egypt, Tunisia and France. Whereas conflict historically occurred more between…

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25/06/2015 par Joël Bouzou

When over half of all refugees are children, sport must reACT

20 June is the UN International Refugee Day. This is not a celebration, of course, but rather a day to raise awareness and drive change to improve the situation. This…

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12/06/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Sport taking Europe to new frontiers in Baku

In 2012, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the European Union and stated: “At a time of uncertainty, this day…

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05/06/2015 par Joël Bouzou

A weekend to start tackling stereotypes

Beyond politics, beyond corruption scandals and all the media hype let me invite you to the touching stories of everyday footballers who struggle to just play. These athletes have been…

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29/05/2015 par Joël Bouzou

A new playing field between Washington and the Havana

Back in December, US President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro announced a historic change of course after more than five decades of Cold War strains. Although the 1962 US…

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22/05/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Blatter’s attempt to tackle “the mother of all conflicts”

A publicity stunt a week before the election? Possibly. However, I wish to express an angle that we are discussing a lot less, which ought to be more important to…

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15/05/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Indigenous athletes gaining recognition step by step in the sport world

Indigenous communities around the globe have in recent years been seen to increasingly speak out and defend their rights, traditions and belief systems. Although there is still a lot of…

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08/05/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Global Leaders Bringing A New Dynamic For Peace Through Sport

It didn’t take long for Thomas Bach to find his bearings when stepping into his new shoes as IOC President, and to give the function a personal touch. Since his…

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22/04/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Between Israel and Palestine, the conflict also plays out at football grounds

In the Middle East, the conflict between Israel and Palestine doesn’t stop at the stadium doors. In recent weeks, football has even become, once again, a ground for expression. Quick…

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22/04/2015 par Joël Bouzou

With the Peace Corps, Taekwondo leads by example

World sport owes much to ChoueChung-won and so does the world of peace. The South Korean leader, who’s been president of the International Taekwondo Federation (WTF) for over ten years,…

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20/04/2015 par Joël Bouzou

In Iran, sport is pushing the boundaries

Her name could be heard everywhere last year. Her story moved, shocked and saddened all who heard it. Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 26 year-old British-Iranian, was arrested in June 2014 in…

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29/01/2017 par Dr. Alexander Cárdenas

Sharing experiences from research on sport and peace building in Colombia and Northern Ireland

The use of recreational sport to advance peace building in highly volatile contexts has experienced a notable upsurge in recent years. This has been the case in conflict regions such…

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18/06/2015 par Dr. Alexander Cárdenas

Sport, the international community and the peace talks in Colombia

Sport in all its varied forms have played a prominent role in Colombian society for decades. Ranging from improvised pickup games to professional leagues, sport is practiced massively across Colombia….

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09/07/2015 par Oliver Dudfield

Can sport make a valuable contribution to the post-2015 agenda?

The post-2015 development agenda will set out a new plan for global development with the ambition to ‘transform our world by 2030’. Through the post-2015 process the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Sport…

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07/08/2015 par Linda K. Fuller

How can we come to terms with gender ambiguity for sportspeople?

According to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), which governs track, female Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was only eligible to compete if her “male hormone” or testosterone level was…

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01/05/2016 par James M. Dorsey

Egyptian soccer fans set stage for growing anti-government protests

Militant, street battle-hardened Egyptian soccer fans set the stage for growing protests against the government of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi when they earlier this month forced their way into…

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14/08/2015 par James M. Dorsey

Israel and Palestine play high stakes soccer

Israel and Palestine are playing political soccer with Palestinian football as the ball. The stakes for Israel‎ are far higher than for Palestine. Israel is effectively on probation as it…

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30/10/2016 par Eli A. Wolff and Mary A. Hums

The Purpose of Sport and Play

What is the true purpose of sport and play? What constitutes the essential core of these activities? How do sport and play serve humanity and societies around the world?  We…

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20/08/2015 par Eli A. Wolff and Mary A. Hums

A Nobel Prize in Sport? – A Worthy Conversation

The Nobel Prize currently recognizes significant international contributions in categories of Peace, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Economics. The time has come to consider adding a new category – a…

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19/06/2016 par Tegla Chepkite Loroupe

Celebrating the World Refugee Day with the Refugee Olympic Team

World Refugee day, marked on June 20, is a moment to reflect about challenges refugees are facing in their everyday lives, as well as about the resilience they demonstrate in…

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28/08/2015 par Tegla Chepkite Loroupe

Peace starts in our own backyard

On July 15th this year, with my fellow marathon runner John Kelai and Wilson Kipsang we started a Walk for Peace in Kenya. Our itinerary took us on a 22…

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