POSTED: Thursday February 7th 2013


Schormann & Bouzou after signing the MOU
Schormann & Bouzou after signing the MOU

At UIPM's first Executive Board meeting of 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland on 30 January 2013, UIPM President Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann, together with Peace and Sport President & Founder and UIPM's Vice President Joël Bouzou signed a Memorandum of Understanding between UIPM and Peace and Sport.

UIPM's sports for all, Biathle (run-swim-run) makes UIPM particularly suited to be able to help foster reconciliation and stabilise populations suffering the consequences of poverty and lack of social cohesion through providing equipment, organised events and support.

Biathle is a perfect sport to assist the battle for peace, as it requires no equipment at all, just some land to run on and water (which can be a lake, sea, river or swimming pool) to swim in.

This MOU also increases the relationship between UIPM & Peace and Sport, who have already conduced 2 successful 'Biathle for Peace' in Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, which assisted in the reconciliation of communities, and reintegrated youth at risk back into society. These events also marked the creation of the Modern Pentathlon Federations in both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi which has had wide spread positive ramifications in both countries.

UIPM President, Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann said: "Through this partnership with Peace and Sport, the UIPM reaffirms the social role of Modern Pentathlon and its determination to contribute actively to the development of the poorest communities in the world, promoting peace-education and a culture of peace."

Joel Bouzou, President & Founder of Peace and Sport, added: "As a former pentathlete myself, I am very honoured and proud of this new partnership between UIPM and Peace and Sport. I strongly believe in the positive values spread by the Modern Pentathlon and Biathle and am convinced that this partnership will facilitate the sharing of these values in the most vulnerable communities for the benefit of sustainable peace".

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