POSTED: October 31st 2012

Peace and Sport: 6th Forum opens in the Russian Olympic host city of Sochi

Sports Features Communications

October 31 - The 6th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum kicked off in Olympic host city Sochi home to the next winter Games. More than 500 delegates coming from almost 70 countries are attending this year’s event.

This makes the first time the Forum is organized outside of Monaco under the patronage of International Olympic Committee member Prince Albert II of Monaco and presided over by founder Joel Bouzou.

Bouzou said, "Holding the 6th Peace and Sport International forum in Sochi is a wonderful and completely natural choice. Now more than ever, Russia is led by the idea of spreading humanitarian ideals through sport and the sports movement.

“Sochi shares the idea that sport can provide a dialogue between different societies, and also enable a better mutual understanding. Together with the Olympic Movement, which is gaining momentum in Sochi and inspiring communication among various peoples and cultures, the Peace and Sport International Forum is helping to strengthen mutual respect and friendship among countries in the spirit of Olympic values and the ideals of peace."

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to the organizers: “I am happy to welcome you to Sochi, the host city of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

Gathered here today is a large, friendly group of like-minded people and true leaders: politicians and representatives from reputable international organisations, business circles and public associations, the elite of world sport.

We are proud that such a respectable forum is being held in our nation. Russia will soon be hosting several key international sports events, including the Summer Universiade in 2013, the World Ice Hockey Championships in 2016, the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and, of course, the XXII Olympic Winter Games. We will certainly hold all these events at the highest level possible, taking into account other nations’ experience in organising major prestigious competitions and their wonderful sports traditions. In this regard, we count on your knowledge, advice and recommendations.

We are all united by an understanding of the enormous social and cultural significance of sports and the Olympic movement for the modern world. We know how important it is to engage young people in sports culture and teach them the value of a healthy lifestyle. The stable future of every nation and all of civilisation depends on the young generation and its harmonious development.

I am certain that this forum will live up to its high level of prestige, making a significant input into strengthening international cooperation in sports and promoting the noble Olympic ideals.”

Attending this year will be:

·   2 Heads of State and 35 governments including 11 Ministers of Sport

·   7 IOC members

·   26 International Federations

·   17 National Olympic Committees

·   22 legendary sports men and women

·   26 NGOs

·   21 representatives from the private sector

·   40 Russian and international journalists

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