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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Sports3.gr – Peace and Sport: Panagiotis Giannakis raises… White Card!

Sports3.gr – Peace and Sport: Panagiotis Giannakis raises… White Card!

-Mr. Giannakis, how can sport contribute to the promotion of world peace through the values ​​it promotes?

I think it is probably the most ideal human expression which can really touch the whole world, regardless of the color, origin and name of everyone. And that’s because through sports, one can discover himself and not only that! He discovers also his friend, his competitor,

-How can athletes, convey the ideas and ideals of sports, in order to send a resounding message?

I think the best way is to show how much sport has helped us become better people. Also,we could try to convince people to get involved in sports. I think the relationships that develop through this action, enable the whole world to discover that this planet can give us nice moments and nice games that can make our world more beautiful.

-Sports – through its values ​​- fights inequality, racism, poverty, illiteracy. What actions can raise more awareness?

Through communication with the younger generation, the future of the world and  through the good experiential moments that athletes offer in games. These good moments influence people and offer them good examples. Sport affects people and motivates them to be close to their children and to sports and with key actions to be able to understand the great values. Values ​​of working together and coaching to find better ways to really make our world a better place.

-How can Greece, the cradle of sports and culture, be a model for cultivating peace, solidarity and personal improvement;

Greece was always the first template, promoting the ideals of sports that have been born in our country. I think it would be very nice to organize actions that unite the past with the present and the future, to bridge our history with our current effort.

  • Panagiotis Giannakis, a true pioneer, sets his own mark. The brilliant personality of Greek and International basketball with National and Club titles and championships, both as a player and coach, presents his views on sports ideals, most of which were first taught by our country, Greece. The "Dragon", in a different role, shows the way for a better tomorrow of peace and fellowship of all nations.

  • Greece
Kelly Loufaki raises the White Card for the “Peace and Sport” movement, giving a message for world peace.

Kelly Loufaki raises the White Card for the “Peace and Sport” movement, giving a message for world peace.

-Ms. Loufaki, can Sport contribute to the promotion of world peace through the values ​​it promotes?

 – “I believe that Education and Sports are the most powerful weapons you can use to change the world. Through Sports, each of us can become the best version of ourselves. Sport can contribute and promote the brotherhood of people and understanding of particularities in order to prevent racism, violence, racial and social discrimination. “People are united through sports, not divided.”

-How can athletes, convey the ideas and ideals of sports, in order to send a strong message across the world?

– “Sport is not only medals but the continuous and daily effort for self-improvement. You exceed your limits, in failures you do not give up, you appreciate, you respect and the most important thing is that in the end you always come out a winner because you have achieved the most basic thing: to become a better person. With effort and perseverance, you can encourage more and more children to get involved in sports. These are the right models for the new generation. “

-Sports – through its values ​​- fights inequality, racism, poverty, illiteracy. Through what actions can it raise awareness?

– “The best action for awareness is communication. How; through visits to schools. “Always promoting the value of Sports, which, in addition to physical health and well-being, also contributes to the cultivation of team spirit, solidarity, cooperation, but also the transmission of values ​​in critical social issues such as violence, racism and others.”

-How can Greece, the cradle of sports and culture, be a model for the cultivation of peace, solidarity and the development of peoples?

– “Greece is a country with history, culture and heritage. In conjunction with Sports, we can organize sports campaigns and actions aimed at raising awareness of peoples for peace and solidarity. “

 

  • She is a woman who literally knows how to earn a living with her… "sword", a wheelchair fencing champion. He has been in sports since 2016. However, her 24-hour period has a lot of activities: as far as the public affairs are concerned , she is a member of many associations , most of them in her homeland the island of Chios, she still has become a bone marrow donor, organ donor and blood donor.

  • Greece
Lefteris Petrounias raises “White Card” celebrating April 6

Lefteris Petrounias raises “White Card” celebrating April 6

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.

  • Greece
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.

  • Romania
Breaking down barriers through minigolf

Breaking down barriers through minigolf

In minigolf it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what age you are, if you are a man or a woman: it’s you against yourself, looking for the perfect shot. Minigolf is a sport that can be at the same time a challenge with oneself and a means to unite people. I would like minigolf to become an example of how sport can overcome prejudices, differences and be a means of integration.

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  • I started playing minigolf 15 years ago with my family: in this sport I found a way to express myself beyond the opinions of others and any prejudice. A way to challenge myself, forge my self-esteem, learn to achieve my goals with commitment but also lots of fun.

  • Italy