POSTED: April 18th 2011
Tennis star Novak Djokovic makes 55th Champion For Peace
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
TAMPA/MONACO, Apr 18: Athlete support flourishes for the Monaco based Peace and Sport organization as tennis player Novak Djokovic becomes the 55th person to join the exclusive Champions for Peace family.
While playing at the 105th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament this past week in Monaco the ATP number 2 ranked player was pleased to show his backing.
He said, "I am very proud that I was invited to become a Champion for Peace. I want to give back to the world the joy and fulfillment that I have received through tennis. I firmly believe that sport serves the cause of peace by improving the lives of young people and building bridges between communities.
“I want to contribute and become an actor for peace. The Peace and Sport organisation is the perfect platform to achieve this."
Founder and leader of Peace and Sport, Olympic fencing champion Joel Bouzou said, "Champions are the backbone of what we do at Peace and Sport. It’s a real pleasure to be able to count on Novak’s enthusiasm, determination and intelligence to engage with his fans, reach out to new audiences and convince policy-makers that sport can and must contribute to sustainable peace.
“We are deeply honoured that this great celebrity has joined the Champions for Peace family. He’ll be a great source of inspiration for all of us and I look forward to working with him.”
Peace and Sport is under the high patronage of IOC Member Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Djokovic joins the group of athlete supporters namely Sergey Bubka, Sebastien Chabal, Frankie Fredericks, Cathy Freeman, Yelena Isinbayeva, Christian karembeu, Wilson Kipketer, Bradley McGee, Sebastien Loeb, Tegla Loroupe, Venuste Nyiongabo and Paula Radcliffe.
Djokovic will contribute to Peace and Sport’s mission to use sport as a tool for dialogue, social integration and education for thousands of vulnerable young people living in underprivileged areas in the world.
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