POSTED: Saturday October 16th 2010

Peace and Sport and the Union of Modern Pentathlon step up their action in the Great Lakes Region in Africa

To mark the official opening of the Congolese Federation of Modern Pentathlon, a Biathle Championship for Peace will be held on October 17 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Peace and Sport founder and President Joel Bouzou / Peace and Sport
Peace and Sport founder and President Joel Bouzou / Peace and Sport

Backed by Peace and Sport, a neutral international organization, the event heralds the beginning of a long-term commitment to peace in the country.

The Biathle Championship, which will take place in Uvira in South Kivu, aims to promote peace and help calm ethnic tensions in this province of the DRC which was hit hard by the war.

Despite the official end to fighting in 2002, the population of South Kivu, particularly young people, continue to suffer violence from armed gangs. This region is one of the most disadvantaged in the country, with a poverty rate of 84.7%.

The Championship on 17 October will bring together nearly 200 young athletes, all keen to turn the page of war and live in peace. The event is intended to reconcile divided communities, encourage dialogue, foster social stability and create the necessary conditions for sustainable peace. Peace and Sport's patronage of the event ensures that it will be completely neutral and non-biased.

Long-term action for peace through adapted practices

This Championship is part of a long-term initiative. After the event, the newly-created Congolese Federation of Modern Pentathlon and Peace and Sport will both give support to programs dedicated to vulnerable youngsters in the region, so that Biathle can be practiced in a structured and supervised environment throughout the year.

Created in 1999 by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM), Biathle is a new discipline consisting of two of the base events of Modern Pentathlon: running and swimming which is used to nurture youth into the original Olympic sport of Modern Pentahlon.

Helping the UIPM to develop Biathle in the DRC replies to one of Peace and Sport's major objectives: to make sport and its inherent values of peace, tolerance, and fraternity accessible to the widest possible number of people, without social or economic discrimination. Biathle falls into the category of an 'adapted practice' as it is particularly popular and inexpensive and can be practiced without equipment or infrastructure. It is therefore easy to implement, even in the most deprived areas.

President and Founder of Peace and Sport Joel Bouzou, himself a World Champion in Modern Pentathlon, will be present at the first Biathle for Peace Championship in DRC.

In 2009, Peace and Sport and the UIPM organized a Biathle Championship for Peace in Burundi, which borders the DRC.



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