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Friday, April 4, 2014

PEACE AND SPORT JOINS FORCES WITH THE IAAF TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Longstanding partners in the field of sport and peace, ‘Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport’ and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have once again pooled their knowledge and shared values to organise a peace relay at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on Friday 4th April 2014. To celebrate the first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, created by the UN, 121 pupils from various primary schools in Monaco will join 29 first-year students from the Lycée Albert 1er to take part in: - 400m/800m races, long jump and pole vault events - an introduction to the Kids’ Athletics Programme Providing encouragement will be Lamine Diack, IAAF President, who will start the first race. Paula Radcliffe, world-record marathon runner and a Peace and Sport Champion for Peace, will also be in attendance to support the children in their efforts. The young runners will also contribute to the ‘White Card – Sporting Gesture for Peace’ movement, performing a simple and highly symbolic action that highlights the efforts of those involved in encouraging development and peace through sport. It has already proved extremely successful, having gone viral on Facebook, with hundreds of people around the world getting involved. By channelling their energies into using sport to bring about peace, the children will be part of an international event that extends across sports and brings together a wide range of communities.