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.
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.
Trampoline Gymnastics coach Offering Tlaka (RSA): “As much as it’s such a competitive environment at the end, the friendships that are built, it’s more than just the sport. It’s just about development, growth, and love. We’re all in it because we have this passion to strive for greatness.” bit.ly/SportAndPeace
“Gymnastics gave me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have thought existed. It opened my horizon to a totally different world, giving me opportunity to study through my sport and giving me an opportunity to travel and meet people outside my culture and my religion.”
Coach Innocent Yaka (BEN) was in his sixth year of school at the College of Avrankou in the department of Ouémé, Benin, when he discovered Gymnastics and embarked on a lifelong love affair with the sport. “Gymnastics allowed me to learn and be a recognised trainer nationally, in Africa, and in the world,” bit.ly/SportAndPeace
“I have got to know a lot of people around the world. It also allowed me to be much more tolerant of others.”
Coach Darius Fields (BAR) shares his dream:“People would say they want the World Championships and Olympics. My ambition is less that and more to see more engagement in the sport in the country,” he said. “I love to see kids learn new skills. Every time they get a new skill, you get a moment of excitement and joy, and it’s the best thing.” bit.ly/SportAndPeace
Meet Darius Fields - a man on a mission to grow #Gymnastics in Barbados. We’re shining a spotlight on his inspirational story as we mark the #IDSDP2021, which celebrates the power of sport to change and unite the world.
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H.E. Mrs. Marie-Louise Coleiro is convinced that sport is one of the most important tool in order to sustain development, and bring peace between communities.
The SDG'S are undoubtedly a roadmap to an inclusive world where through sustainable development our one human family can live in peace. SPORT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO SUSTAIN DEVELOPMENT. It is recognize as such in Agenda 2030.