The Annual Peace and Sport International Forum is organised by Peace and Sport placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, and it is founded by Modern Pentathlon Olympic medallist and World Champion Joel Bouzou, who is the current President of the organisation. The mission of Peace and Sport is to raise awareness and help leaders to make peace through sport a reality.
After five years being held in the Principality of Monaco, the Peace and Sport International Forum 2012 was held in Sochi, Russia – the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The future Olympic city is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, thus being a perfect platform to address the broadest and most international audiences. Participants and guests from 90 countries attended the Forum 2012 in Sochi.
The Opening Ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 31st in Grand Hotel Polyana, Sochi, Russia. The Ceremony was attended by Dr GjorgeIvanov, the President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Mr. Joel Bouzou, the President and Founder of Peace and Sport; H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco; Mr. Dmitry Kozak, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Mr. Yury Trutnev, the Aid to the President of the Russian Federation; Mr.Vitaly Mutko, the Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation; Mr. Alexander Zhukov, the President of the Russian Olympic Committee; Ms. Elena Isinbaeva, the World Champion and Pole Vault Champion for Peace.
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In the framework of the Peace and Sport International Forum, Oleg Matytsin, the FISU 1st Vice-President, EUSA Vice-president and RSSU President, took part in the Russian International Olympic University Workshop “Keep the flame burning”, focussing on the role of major international events as important catalysts and platforms to advance the sustainable development path of a city or a region, as well these events’ abilities to contribute to peace development and international cooperation.
Mr. Oleg Matytsin presented the EUSA activities including major university sports project - European Universities Games and FISU International Educational Centre. He also addressed the contribution of the European and international university sports movement to the peace-building process through the promotion of sports values and encouraged friendship, fair-play, integrity, cooperation, bringing together the different communities.
Mr. Oleg Matysin also had a meeting with Peace and Sport founder and current President Joel Bouzou.
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