Our Champion for Peace


I believe sport has given me many blessings, it has given me a great number of opportunities and I also believe sport has a great value that we can all share. Sport can be an opportunity to promote social inclusion, peace and values. Through my role as a professional athlete it allows me to share the values of Peace and Sport.

Sylvia Poll won the first Olympic medal for Costa Rica at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 and thus entered into the history of her country. In recent years, she’s been part of the national diplomatic corps as Deputy Ambassador to Costa Rica in Switzerland.






Olympian - Olympic Medalist
4x Panamerican Champion

Rio, Brazil

Participation at the launch of VivaVollei program

The FIVB officially launched two development training centers in Rio as part of its commitment to leaving a sustainable legacy in the city and to highlight volleyball’s appeal as a fun universal sport enjoyed by generations of fans worldwide.

FIVB President Dr. Ary Graça, was joined by Peace and Sport President and Founder Joël Bouzou and Champion for Peace Sylvia Poll for the inauguration at Leme Fort (in the South Zone of the City).


“This type of even that uses sport to help kids, learn the values of discipline and team work is very important. So, I invite all federations from every sport to take actions like this one promoted by the FIVB”.