IV Forum for the Americas: Sport for development and peace

IV Forum for the Americas: Sport for development and peace

 “Forum for the Americas: Sport for Development and Peace” in celebration of April 6th, to promote activities to commemorate this day.

  • On 5th April 2016, Guatemala’s Congress approved in a privileged motion Decree No. 23-2016 through which 6th April was declared an annual celebration as the “National Day of Sport for Development and Peace”, the only country in the world that has it as national day

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Saeid and Sagi: The Impossible friendship

Saeid and Sagi: The Impossible friendship

Saeid Mollaei, escaped Iran after he was forced to withdraw to avoid any confrontation with Israeli athletes. Sagi Muki opened his heart to this incredible friendship. Both are meant to compete in Tokyo during the summer but in the end, friendship will win no matter what.

  • Saeid Mollaei was born in Iran. Sagi Muki is Israel. They are both world champion in the same weight category. They were not supposed to become friends, they are now the best friends in the world.

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Friba: the True Heroine

Friba: the True Heroine

Sport can drive social change, community development and foster peace and understanding. The entire population was severely affected by the war and in particular the women and the youth. Women weren’t able to practise sports. However, the women and the youth always craved participation in sports, as it brings joy and peace to their lives.

  • Friba Rezayee is the founder and the Executive Director of Women Leaders of Tomorrow. She was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. When she turned 18 she made history by competing in judo at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, as Afghanistan’s first ever female Olympic athlete.

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Romanian Olympic Academy celebrating April 6

Romanian Olympic Academy celebrating April 6

  1. The #whitecard challenge – Involved over 35 R.O.A. county branches who took part in this campaign. Over 100 photos were sent to R.O.A., and they were promoted on the Facebook pages of ROSC and R.O.A. More than 300 people of various ages were photographed with the white card in their hands.

The campaign led to an increase in informing the general public about the activity of R.O.A. as well as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

  1. The R.O.A. dialogues – Simona Tabără Amânar (Olympic Champion and Director of the Romanian Olympic Academy) and Anita Sterea (historian and member of the ROA Board of director’s member) were the hosts of the 16 interviews that were taken with the following personalities:
  • Mihai Covaliu – Olympic champion (fencing) and President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee
  • Octavian Morariu – IOC Member for Romania and President of Rugby Europe
  • Camelia Potec – Olympic champion (swimming) and President of the Romanian Federation of Swimming and Modern Pentathlon
  • Ana Maria Popescu – Olympic champion (fencing), active athlete
  • Cătălina Ponor – Olympic champion (gymnastics)
  • Marian Drăgulescu – World champion (gymnastics)
  • Larisa Iorache – World Vice Champion (gymnastics)
  • Elizabeta Samara – European Champion (Table tennis)
  • Alina Rotaru – Youth Olympic Games Vice Champion (athletics)
  • Arthur Hoffmann – Honorary Director of the Romanian Olympic Academy
  • His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania
  • Adrian Cioroianu – historian and professor at the History Faculty at the University of Bucharest, ambassador – permanent delegate of Romania to UNESCO
  • Marian Preda – sociologist, Rector of University of Bucharest
  • Marius Manole – actor
  • Chris Simion-Mercurian – author, writer, stage director

The public was delighted by the appearances of the former Olympic champions, today retired but also by the appearance of young athletes who are still active. he interviews with the cultural personalities led to interesting testimonies about how sports and professional life combine in their lives.

  • This year, the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (R.O.S.C.) through the Romanian Olympic Academy (R.O.A.) celebrate three decades since it promotes the Olympic values at national level through cultural, artistic, educational and sports activities, conveying the message that Olympism transcends physical activity and reaches into the fields of education, philosophy, music, drawing, history.
    The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace has always been a reason for celebration and various activities for young people, organized by R.O.A. Annually, starting in 2014, R.O.A. organized at least one national event on the occasion of this day. This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Romanian Olympic Academy moved the April 6 holiday to a virtual environment.
    In order to bring the Olympic values and the significance of this day to an audience as broad and diverse as possible, R.O.A. organized two simultaneous actions: the #whitecard challenge – an international campaign joined by most R.O.A. branches and R.O.A. dialogues - 16 interviews with sports and culture personalities.

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n 11 April 2021, the Martisans Sports and Cultural Foundation (MSCF) in Ghana organized a mini soccer tournament to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) at the Osu Salem Park, for youth within the community.

The tournament aimed to educate the children and youth about the importance of IDSDP, the need for peace in our world, and how to maintain a peaceful community. The tournament included a workshop on peacebuilding, delivered by women from the Nurture Nature Foundation. The workshop aimed to deepen the children’s understandings of peace and the various ways in which they can maintain peace in their communities.

The celebration provided the children and youth with the opportunity to showcase their talents while learning about peace and its benefits to our society. The platform also created an opportunity for the children and youth to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing. MSCF is most grateful to the Nurture Nature Foundation for its support towards the execution of the activity.


MSCF is proud to support the UN agenda in promoting sport for development and peace. In line with our commitment to support the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, MSCF will continue to initiate projects aimed at developing the youth and community.


  • Our foundation on 11.04.2021 organized a youth soccer tournament for the children within the Osu Community of Accra to mark the 2021 IDSDP. The event was used to educate the children on peace whiles enhancing their health and wellbeing through sports.

  • Ghana
Tolerance Peace & Sport Department Daniele Nardi

Tolerance Peace & Sport Department Daniele Nardi

Sport Academy Europe create a Department “Daniele Nardi” famous alpinist died during the mission in the mountain NARGA PARGAT. He dedicate his life for develop human rights, peace and good example for the children and young generations.

  • Daniele Nardi Department Sport Academy a mission for Peace and Human Rights

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