POSTED: October 28th 2011
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Peace and Sport passes the flag to Sochi 2014 organizers for next forum

(L to R) Joel Bouzou, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, Sochi 2014 ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko, and Russian deputy sports minister, Natalya Parshikova during the flag ceremony / Peace and Sport / Getty Images
(L to R) Joel Bouzou, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, Sochi 2014 ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko, and Russian deputy sports minister, Natalya Parshikova during the flag ceremony / Peace and Sport / Getty Images

IOC member Prince Albert poses for photos / Peace and Sport / Getty Images
IOC member Prince Albert poses for photos / Peace and Sport / Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov, today received the Peace and Sport flag from Prince Albert II of Monaco and Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, as the winter Games host city will be the venue for the 6th international Peace and Sport Forum.

“Through the Peace and Sport Forum we aim to raise awareness among political and sports leaders about sport’s extraordinary capacity to create a genuine and sustainable culture of peace,” said Mayor Pakhomov.

“Where better to hold it than Sochi - the crossroads of so many cultures across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are honoured to have such a fantastic opportunity to show the very best of Sochi to the world and play an active role in promoting sport as a means for creating sustainable peace,” he added.

A delegation from Sochi including the Mayor, Sochi 2014 ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko, and Natalya Parshikova, deputy sports minister of Russia, were in attendance and Chernyshenko present the Sports Event for Peace of the Year Award to the East Africa Cup, a youth football tournament held annually in Kilimanjaro-Tanzania.

Chernyshenko said, “It is a great honour to host such a significant event in Sochi in 2012.  Peace and Sport is an inspiring example of how sport can promote understanding and tolerance, while acting as a highly effective tool to create a lasting peace in regions across the world.

 “The event will become an integral part of a dedicated Sochi 2014 Olympic Truce concept, already being developed into real peace-making initiatives that are leaving a sustainable legacy today and resulting in major transformational changes across Russia.”

Peace and Sport chief, Joel Bouzou, noted, “Russia is a country which plays, and will increasingly play, a pivotal role in international relations during the 21st century, a country with a deep and admired passion for sport and for its values.

In line with the efforts of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee to actively encourage dialogue between cultures and nations, the Peace and Sport International Forum 2012 in Sochi, its first ever international iteration, will help build greater understanding, friendship and respect across borders.”

Sochi World plan hits roadblocks for London 2012

The Sochi 2014 organizers have released a statement to SportsFeatures.com regarding the Westminster City Council recommendations to cancel the Sochi World hospitality venue for London 2012.

The Council had received complaints from police, architectural experts and transportation authorities about the impact of the site on the flow of traffic to the area. The site was expecting to have 8,000 people per day to visit the open air ice rink and two hospitality pavilians.

Sochi 2014 organizers said: “Following dialogue between ourselves, Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police, we respectfully acknowledge the recommendations made regarding the plans for Sochi.Centre. We understand the concerns that have been raised and have always looked to ensure the considerations, safety and enjoyment of both Sochi.Centre visitors and local people are at the forefront of our minds.

 “We are now working to revise our plans, in close partnership with all stakeholders, and address the concerns that have been raised. Our aim remains to showcase Sochi 2014 at an innovative and imaginative venue during London 2012, while ensuring the needs of Games visitors and local people are fully met.”


Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Peace and Sport · Prince Albert II of Monaco · Joel Bouzou · Anatoly Pakhomov · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Natalya Parshikova


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