POSTED: October 2nd 2010

Generations For Peace opens first European peace camp in Sochi

Founder Prince Feisal opened the European camp / Generations For Peace
Founder Prince Feisal opened the European camp / Generations For Peace

CEO Princess Sarah Al-Feisal speaking at the official opening of the Sochi camp / Generations For Peace
CEO Princess Sarah Al-Feisal speaking at the official opening of the Sochi camp / Generations For Peace

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

SOCHI, Oct 2: HRH Prince Feisal Al-Hussein, founder and chairman of Generations For Peace, officially opened the inaugural European camp in Sochi, host of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Generations For Peace is a global organisation that uses sport to empower leaders of youth from hostile regions to act as agents of change, to help promote tolerance, understanding and ultimately peace, among conflicting communities.

The Sochi Camp 2010 brings together 57 leaders of youth from 11 European and Central Asian countries that have been involved in some form of conflict. The delegates will undertake a ten day peace through sport training programme involving academic conflict transformation techniques and practical sports coaching.

The Sochi 2010 camp, which runs until 11 October, is the first on European soil following its official recognition by the IOC in 2009.

At the opening, Prince Feisal said: “I cannot stress enough what an honour it is to be welcomed to the city that has been chosen by the IOC to host the next Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This is the first time ever an organisation like Generations For Peace has collaborated so closely with an OCOG; the first time ever we have had this fantastic opportunity to celebrate with such unity our shared belief in the supreme importance of the Olympic values we all hold so dear; of respect and tolerance; fair play and teamwork; peace, understanding and reconciliation.”

Ceo Princess Sarah Al-Feisal noted, "This is a very exciting period in the evolution of Generations For Peace. At our sixth camp in Amman this June, we extended our family to include a third continent when we welcomed our first ever European delegates. These delegates have already started touching the lives of young people in their home countries and territories. And over the next fortnight, this first European camp will provide a solid foundation for others to join them: to reach out in greater numbers than ever before to those whose lives have been devastated by conflict.

"In recent months, we have had numerous enquiries from potential hosts for future camps, not only from Africa, the Middle East and Europe, but also from the Far East, and the Americas. Thanks to the support of visionaries around the world, our dream of hosting a camp in each of the five Olympic continents by 2014 is becoming ever more achievable."

In consultation with the UN, local and international NGOs and National Olympic Committees, Generations For Peace has selected leaders of youth from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine. Seven of these nations will be sending delegates to the camp for the first time, taking the total number of participating countries and territories to 46.

Sochi Camp 2010 is the seventh Generations For Peace camp and means the organisation will have trained more than 500 delegates from 46 countries and territories in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Those delegates are said to have successfully passed on their learning to over 3,000 leaders of youth.

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