Lefteris, can sport contribute to the promotion of world peace through the values it promotes?
“It can certainly contribute to the promotion of world peace, as it is the only moment on the planet where, when all the countries that are competing, in those moments, the noble rivalry, the competition and the good fight prevail. “After all, Nelson Mandela had said that sport has the power to unite the whole world.”
-How can athletes, convey the ideas and ideals of sports, in order to send a strong message everywhere?
“Athletes tend to come together to spread the message they want and in a magical way this is happening worldwide!”
-Sports – through its values - fights inequality, racism, poverty, illiteracy. Through what actions can it raise awareness?
“Everyday sport itself and engaging in it in general promotes mutual respect and opposes any form of inequality, whether it is financial status or skin color, and generally opposes any form of racism.”
-How can Greece, the cradle of sports and culture, be a model for the cultivation of peace, solidarity and the development of peoples?
“Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Democracy and Olympism, is the one that must remain a model for all the above and continue to spread this spirit, teaching and spreading lessons of respect, humanity and morality.”
-Through the actions of “Peace and Sport” can you make a legacy for the future, holding a white card?
“Of course I can and it is a great honor for me.”
-Which athlete in the world do you consider the “ambassador” of the ideals of sports?
“I do not think it is right to single out an athlete as a role model. “All athletes hide a story of life and effort and they all deserve to be role models in the younger generations.”
The golden child of Greek instrumental gymnastics, Lefteris Petrounias raises the White Card. The Olympic gold medalist, the world and European champion, the charismatic ring champion, on the road to the Tokyo Olympics, husband and father, with principles and values of life shows the way: How sport is a driving force of ideals that can transform and enlighten all societies.