POSTED: Wednesday December 1st 2010

Jonah Lomu, Marie-Jo Pérec, Sebastien Loeb and Hicham El Guerrouj: sporting legends committed to peace!

The Champions for Peace Club now boasts 52 elite athletes

Monaco, 1 December 2010 - Four stars of the podium today joined the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of famous athletes committed to serve the world peace through sport. Created in 2009 "Champions for Peace" is an initiative from the international organization Peace and Sport.

The new Champions are:

  * Double world champion and triple Olympic champion Marie-Jose PEREC ( France )
  * Living rugby legend JONAH LOMU ( New Zealand )
  * Seven-time car rally world champion SEBASTIEN LOEB (France)
  * Double Olympic champion and four-time world champion in middle-distance running, HICHAM EL GUERROUJ ( Morocco ).

The announcement was made during the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Peace and Sport International Forum, which starts today in Monaco , in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II and more than 500 top decision-makers from 90 countries involved in sport, politics and the private sector. Peace and Sport is presided by Joel Bouzou, himself an Olympian and World Champion in Modern Pentathlon.

An exceptional track record in serving peace

With these new recruits, the "Champions for Peace" club now boasts 52 elite athletes of 29 different nationalities. They represent 27 Olympic and non-Olympic sports disciplines with a total of 67 World Champion titles, 27 Olympic champion titles and more than 150 national and regional titles! (The complete list of champions is available on )

Each in their own way, Champions for Peace take action to ensure that the values of sport contribute to dialogue, rapprochement and reconciliation between communities that have been divided by armed conflict, extreme poverty or lack of social cohesion.

Concrete commitments for 2011

Since the club was launched a year ago, fifteen "Champions for Peace" have been involved in operations for peace-building and peace-promotion, visiting some of the world's most vulnerable areas such as Haiti , Colombia , the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Israel-Palestine and East Timor .

In 2011, the presence of Champions in vulnerable areas is set to increase.

Sebastien Chabal, the charismatic French rugby player, has announced he will sponsor the program "Je cire, j'étudie, je joue au Rugby » (I shine shoes, I study, I play Rugby) in Cote d'Ivoire run by the International Rugby Board (IRB) and Peace and Sport, which aims to educate and socially integrate street children in Abidjan, Bouake and Daloa who are forced to work for a living.


Valérie Amant - -

About Peace and Sport

Peace and Sport, L'Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport is a neutral and apolitical international initiative.

Peace and Sport puts sport and its structuring values at the heart of development projects led within communities in crisis around the world. With missions in post-conflict zones, areas of 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 (4th 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 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 Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Keywords · Peace and Sport · Joel Bouzou · Prince Albert of Monaco · Jonah Lomu · Marie Jo Perec · Sebastien Loeb · Hicham El Guerrouj

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