POSTED: July 17th 2014
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IOC opens Sport for Hope Centre in Haiti

Haiti President Michel Martelly (left) IOC President Thomas Bach (center) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (right) opened the Sport for Hope Centre / IOC
Haiti President Michel Martelly (left) IOC President Thomas Bach (center) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (right) opened the Sport for Hope Centre / IOC

Ban Ki-moon (left) during the visit, with IOC President Bach (second from left); President Martelly (centre); and Laurent Salvador Lamothe (right), Prime Minister of Haiti / UN
Ban Ki-moon (left) during the visit, with IOC President Bach (second from left); President Martelly (centre); and Laurent Salvador Lamothe (right), Prime Minister of Haiti / UN

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Republic of Haiti President Michel Marelly and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s opening of the new Sport for Hope Centre in Port-au-Prince Tuesday.

The National Olympic Committee of Haiti, along with the Olympic Movement, has worked tirelessly in the four years following the earthquake that devastated Haiti to rebuild the country’s sporting infrastructure. The Sport for Hope Centre offerings of educational programmes, health services, and community activities is the latest effort to help rebuild local communities and promote social values through the power of sport following the IOC’s recent partnership with the United Nations.

The International Olympic Committee and its stakeholders, in a joint initiative with the Haitian Government, committed $18 million to the Sport for Hope Centre. The Haitian Government donated the land for the construction of the Centre, which features two indoor practice halls, a 2,500-seat indoor competition hall, and numerous outdoor courts and pitches.

“The Sport for Hope Centre is open to all Haitians – from the young to the old, and from professional athletes to beginners,” Bach said. “It offers open access to a variety of sports thanks to the generosity and commitment of a number of our stakeholders; but just as importantly, it offers access to cultural, educational, and social development programmes and the Olympic Values.

“During the course of our Olympic Agenda 2020 discussions on Olympism in Action, including our Youth Strategy, heavy emphasis has been placed on the important role sport can play in terms of education and social issues. The opening today of the Sport for Hope Centre here in Haiti is an example of how we can work successfully with other organisations to contribute to building a better world.”

Haitians will be able to practice the Olympic sports of football, rugby, athletics, volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis, judo, taekwondo, boxing, karate, badminton, table tennis, and weightlifting. The Sport for Hope Centre also includes three classrooms, offices, a fitness centre, a medical centre – set up in conjunction with the Red Cross Movement – and changing rooms. Financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank made possible a building for accommodation.

Sports equipment, gear, and playing surfaces have been provided by the Government of Haiti, the International Federations, and the Olympic Movement. The International Olympic Committee also afforded the Sport for Hope Centre tables, chairs, and 50 computers for the classrooms and conference rooms. The lighting and electrical infrastructure was provided by Worldwide TOP Partner GE.




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