POSTED: August 9th 2012

WOA hosts special session for Olympians about new forum and objectives for athletes

(L to R) Benjamin Boukpeti, Wilson Kipketer, Joel Bouzou, President of the World Olympians Association, and Kaveh Mehrabi / WOA
(L to R) Benjamin Boukpeti, Wilson Kipketer, Joel Bouzou, President of the World Olympians Association, and Kaveh Mehrabi / WOA

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

August 9 – The World Olympians Association (WOA) held a special session for Olympians during the London 2012 Olympic Games to inform them on the creation of the World Olympians Forum to be organized during 2013.

The event was hosted under the theme “Service to Society, Service to Olympians” at the Olympians Reunion Centre by invitation from Joel Bouzou, WOA head and chief of Peace and Sport.

Bouzou is idealizing a new business model for the WOA and is targeting his “Champions in the street” initiative he has led in France for 15 years. This program attracts young people from 6 to 20 years old in underprivileged areas to sports programs to inspire them to attend national and international events.

They get to meet top athletes who mentor them to join clubs and to get back into society.

Bouzou said, “I am very happy to have had a chance to exchange with my Olympian colleagues during this special session and during the duration of the Games.

“This meeting constitutes a new step towards creating the World Olympians Forum next year.

“Since I have been in London, I have met numerous Olympians. They all have shared with me their enthusiasm for the new ambitions of the WOA and their wishes to accompany us in the coming months.

“The excellent feedbacks we have received here tell us we are on the right track. » 

 Now the WOA is embarking on a search to find tens of thousands of Olympians around the world to help them develop social projects and reach out to the youth of tomorrow. WOA will be liaising with the national sports and government bodies of each country to empower Olympians.

The first World Olympians forum is planned to be held in the next eight months and is destined to become a platform where Olympians can exchange and create generics social programmes based on best practices.

Keywords · World Olympians Association · WOA · Joel Bouzou · Olympic Games · London 2012

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