PEACE AND SPORT WELCOMES 12 NEW ATHLETES IN THE CHAMPIONS FOR PEACE CLUB
Peace and Sport, the politically-neutral organisation dedicated to the peace-through-sport movement, has today unveiled a host of 12 new Champions for Peace who will help to spread the organisation’s vision across the world.
Current Champions for Peace include more than one hundred world-famous athletes, including international football players Didier Drogba and Christian Karembeu, triple Olympic Champion and President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee Tony Estanguet and marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe.
Peace and Sport’s new Champions for Peace are:
- Samir Ait Said, European Champion, Gymnastics, France
- Mutaz Barshim, World Champion, High Jump, Qatar
- Yohan Blake, World and Olympic Champion, Sprint, Jamaica
- Marie Bochet, World and Paralympic Champion, Alpine Skiing, France
- Balla Dièye, African Champion, Taekwondo, Senegal
- Ladji Doucouré, World Champion, 110m hurdles, France
- Laurence Fischer, World Champion, Karaté, France
- Stefany Hernandez, World Champion, BMX, Venezuela
- Samantha Murray, World Champion, Modern Pentathlon, UK
- Fodé Ndao, African Champion, Karate, Senegal
- Mélissa Plaza, French Champion, Football, France
- Seung-Min Ryu, World and Olympic Champion, Table Tennis, South Korea
Peace and Sport President and Founder, Mr. Joel Bouzou said: “Peace and Sport has chosen the date of 21 September to present its latest Champions for Peace. Twelve athletes, all determined to use their name, image and influence with young people and institutions to serve the cause of peace through sport. They join a group of over 100 top-level sportspersons who together make up one of the pillars of our organisation”.
All of the new Champions have demonstrated their belief in the power of sport for change throughout their career, engaging in numerous community-led projects and using their privileged position as athletes to inspire future generation. Together, the new Champions will bring fresh energy and enthusiasm to the cause and will help Peace and Sport enact more change than ever before.