As Champion for Peace, Marlene Harnois played an active role in supporting and mentoring local taekwondo prodigies Ruth Gbagbi and Cheick Cissé. Following their historical victories at the Rio Olympic Games, Cheick and Ruth have become national heroes. They are now prepared for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Driven by the desire to contribute to the development of sport in West Africa, I launched the Heart Angel Foundation in Abidjan, in 2014. 2 years later, Cheick Cissé won the 1st Olympic Gold Medal and Ruth Gbagbi became the 1st women Olympic Medalist in the history of Ivory Coast.
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