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Peace and Sport’s Champions for Peace assemble on eve of 2017 Friendship Games in Burundi

 
The Friendship Games in Bujumbura, Burundi begin on Friday, August 11
Bujumbura, Burundi, August 10, 2017 - Peace and Sport, the politically-neutral organisation dedicated to the development of peace through sport, is finalising preparations for the 2017 Friendship Games which begin in Bujumbura, Burundi tomorrow, August 11 in cooperation with the National Olympic Committee of Burundi and nine International Federations.

The event, which brings together 200 children from Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, will see a host of International Federations and diplomats and local authority representatives join Peace and Sport’s Champions for Peace in the Great African Lakes region to promote better intercultural dialogue and to endorse the power of sport for change.
 
Olympian Taekwendo Pascal Gentil is one such Champion for Peace who will attend the Games, representing the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee. Gentil, a double Olympic medallist and triple world champion, will share the Olympic values of togetherness, friendship and respect and will lead the martial arts competitions and also run workshops for children throughout the two day event.

Elsewhere, French Athletics Paralympian Jean-Baptiste Alaize, fresh from his bronze medal winning performance at the London 2017 IAAF Para World Championships, will revisit the country of his birth and speak of his experiences as a child in war torn Burundi and the injuries he sustained there which propelled him towards his Paralympic career.
    
Alongside the Champions for Peace, the FIVB joins other International Federations involved in the Games including the International Association of Athletics Federations, the International Basketball Federation, the International Boxing Association, the International   Table Soccer Federation, the International Table Tennis Federation, the World Baseball Softball Confederation, the World Karate Federation and World Taekwondo.

Read more on the Peace and Sport website.


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