POSTED: October 28th 2011

Champions For Peace: Nine new athletes with Kipketer and Mehrabi leading the team

Wilson Kipketer is joined by Kaveh Mehrabi to lead the Champions for Peace program / Peace and Sport / Getty images
Wilson Kipketer is joined by Kaveh Mehrabi to lead the Champions for Peace program / Peace and Sport / Getty images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MONACO: The Peace and Sport organization has announced during their 5th international forum that nine more athletes have signed up as ambassadors for the “Champions for Peace” to use sport as a tool for peace.

The Champions for Peace campaign is a global outreach program that sees professional athletes across the globe advocating for peaceful solutions to the world's problems.

These new additions make the overall group 66 elite athletes from 33 countries around the world naming the likes of Novak Djokovic, Paula Radcliffe, Blanka Vlasic, Sergey Bubka, and Sebastien Loeb.

Joining the group are Donna De Varona (USA), Edgar Renteria (Colombia), Hugo Giraldo Lopez (Colombia), Surya Bonaly (France), Gregory Vallarina (Colombia), Florence Masnada (France), Fedor Emelianenko (Russia) and Patrick Viriamu (French Polynesia).

What is so amazing about the program is that there are so many different athletes from so many different areas from kite surfing to chess including the 34 Olympic and non-Olympic recognized sports.

Joel Bouzou, president for Peace and Sport, agrees saying, "It demonstrates that more and more top-level athletes share the same vision of the essential role of champions in promoting peace, a vision that has always inspired me personally, and led to the creation of this movement.”

Bouzou continued on by saying "Having had the chance myself to be an Olympian and World Champion, I've always been aware of the ability of sport to inspire young people around the world, to change attitudes and promote a real culture of peace.

“But this power can only be expressed within a framework that enables each champion to be at the heart of initiatives and get involved in tangible and specific projects that they themselves choose. That's why I wanted Peace and Sport to be a laboratory for innovative projects that allow athletes to become actors for change, to be operational, and become involved in a very hands-on way.”"

Champions leading Champions

Also new to the program it was announced that Wilson Kipketer, triple world champion in 800m, and Kaveh Mehrabi, Olympian and professional badminton player, will be heading up the Champions for Peace program from now on. They were voted in by their peers by the whole group.

The aim will be to mentor and encourage the commitment of new members and to define programs and actively contribute to carrying them out.

This announcement was made in front of several world leaders including Prince Albert II of Monaco and other leaders from 90 countries. 

Keywords · Wilson Kipketer · Kaveh Mehrabi · Novak Djokovic · Paula Radcliffe · Blanka Vlasic · Sergey Bubka · Sebastien Loeb

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