Olympians to Feature at 9th Annual Peace and Sport Forum

4 | 10 | 2016

Over 500 leading figures from the worlds of sport, politics, academia, the private sector and civil society are due to descend on Monaco for the 9th annual Peace and Sport Forum and Awards on 23-25 November 2016. Among them a number of prominent Olympians will join the cast of speakers and guests to discuss the ways sport can help to foster sustainable peace and forge a better, fairer and more unified world.

Under the theme Game on for Peace: Mobilising Global Change through Sport, the 2016 Forum aims to promote sport as a catalyst for strengthening social ties and networks, while empowering agents of change to inspire others and mobilise action both locally and globally. 

Speakers include five-time Olympian and Olympic silver medallist, Charmaine Crooks (Athletics, Canada), IOC member, double Olympian and former President of Hungary, Pal Schmitt (Fencing, Hungary), three-time Olympic marathon runner and  Chef de Mission of the 2016 Refugee Olympic Team, Tegla Loroupe (Athletics, Kenya) and triple Olympian, Aya Medani (Modern Pentathlon, Egypt). The Olympians will speak across a range of topics such as sport diplomacy, sport legacy, gender equity in sport, social integration of refugees and peace through sport in the digital era.

WOA Patron and Olympian HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will also be present in his capacity as the Patron of the Peace and Sport organisation. 

Other Olympians taking part in the 2016 Forum include the following Peace and Sport Champions for Peace:

  • Isaac Angbo (Judo, Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Surya Bonaly (Figure Skating, France)
  • Benjamin Boukpeti (Canoe Slalom, Togo)
  • Tatiana Golovin (Tennis, France)
  • Elana Meyer (Athletics, South Africa)
  • Paula Radcliffe (Athletics, Great Britain)
  • Helena Suková (Tennis, Czech Republic)

WOA President and President and Founder of Peace and Sport Joël Bouzou, said:

“Sport is a powerful tool and the positive results generated by the peace through sport movement show that it can make a valuable contribution to the peace-building process. The 2016 Peace and Sport Forum will examine what is working and what concrete actions can be taken to ensure the messages of unity, non-violence, tolerance and justice continue to get through at a time when peace and stability around world is being eroded by extremist violence and terrorist activities. I would encourage all Olympians to join us at the Forum to find out how they too can make a difference and be part of what matters.”

To find out more information on the event or to take part please visit Peace and Sport.