POSTED: Thursday July 22nd 2010
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HERCULIS 2010:140 ATHLETES PROCLAIM THEIR SUPPORT FOR HAITI ALONGSIDE PEACE AND SPORT

Herculis 2010 is a Samsung Diamond League meeting


Jamaican Veronica Campbell Brown (200m) / Peace and Sport
Jamaican Veronica Campbell Brown (200m) / Peace and Sport

Monaco, July 22, 2010 - The world elite of athletics gathered in Monaco for Herculis 2010 (a Samsung Diamond League meeting) overwhelmingly brought their support to the "Sport Solidarity for Haiti" operation coordinated by Peace and Sport to help young Haitian survivors of the devastating earthquake of 12 January.

"Sport Solidarity for Haiti" was launched 4 months ago with the objective of collecting sports equipment and funds to donate to the Haitian Olympic Committee (HOC).In partnership with Peace and Sport under the sponsorship of UNICEF, the HOC uses the equipment to provide sports activities for children and adolescents from 3-18 years living in Survivor Camps in Port-au-Prince and Léogâne. Using sport, this program helps young people to rediscover landmarks in life and evacuate the trauma of the earthquake, thus giving them a structured living environment. 30,000 young people are already benefiting from the program each week.

More than 140 athletes signed the Peace and Sport's VIP Autograph Book to demonstrate their solidarity with this initiative and to convey messages of hope and encouragement to Haiti's children.

The VIP Book will be personally presented to Mr. Evans Lescouflair, Haiti's Minister of Youth, Sport and Civic Action, by President and Founder of Peace and Sport Joel Bouzou, accompanied by French footballer Christian Karembeu, (World Championship winner in 1998) during their forthcoming visit to Haiti in August.

Among the prestigious signatories of the VIP Book, we particularly notice five major Olympic champions: Jamaican Veronica Campbell Brown (200m), the Dominican Felix Sanchez (400m), Australia's Steven Hooker (pole vault), the American Dwight Phillips (triple jump) and Russia's Andrei Silnov (high jump), as well as great legends of athletics, such as the triple world champion in the 100m and 200m Tyson Gay (USA), the double world champion in middle-distance Bernard Lagat (USA), the Lithuanian discus thrower Virgilius Alekna, the Queen of the 100m Carmelita Jeter (USA) and the rising star of 110m hurdles David Oliver (USA).

Supported by the IAAF and the Monegasque Athletics Federation, the VIP Book signing had the patronage of triple world champion and world record holder in the 800m Wilson Kipketer, who is also a Peace and Sport "Champion for Peace".

In addition, the Junior Women's 1000m qualifying race at Herculis 2010 (race No. 22 at 5.15pm), is devoted to solidarity for Haiti, to encourage everyone to get mobilized for this cause.

Mr. Bouzou said: "I greatly look forward to presenting this VIP Book dedicated to the children of Haiti. The athletes who have signed it are role-models for these children and an unparalleled source of inspiration in their lives. Their words of encouragement appeal to youngsters to stay strong, tenacious and positive, in order to overcome the ordeal they are going through. Sport is a fantastic tool to support them during this transition period and I warmly thank the athletes participating in Herculis 2010 for being the bearers of this message of hope." 

 

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About Peace and Sport

"Peace and Sport, L'Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport" is a neutral and apolitical international initiative based in the Principality of Monaco and placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Peace and Sport puts sport and its structuring values at the heart of development projects led within communities in crisis around the world. With interventions in areas of post-conflict, extreme poverty or lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport makes sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.

Supported by governments, world sport governing bodies, international organizations, major international companies in the private sector and international sports champions, Peace and Sport creates synergies between various different stakeholders to carry out four types of action:

- Organizing an annual International Forum (next edition in Monaco, 1 - 3 December 2010)

- A Resource Centre for sport and peace,

- The Peace and Sport Awards, to reward individuals and initiatives contributing to peace,

- Locally-Based Projects; concrete actions in different regions of crisis in the world.

Today, Peace and Sport has operations in Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi, Israel-Palestine, Timor Leste, Colombia and in Haiti.

Peace and Sport was founded by Joel Bouzou, current President of the organisation. Mr. Bouzou is an Olympic medallist, world champion of Modern Pentathlon and current Secretary General for the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM). He is also an Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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