— Published 16 August 2022

A junior promotion

Peace and Sport is getting a facelift. On International Youth Day, Friday 12 August, the Monaco-based organisation officially launched its new Junior Peace Champions Club. The first class consists of six young athletes aged between 12 and 18. They come from different sports and nationalities, but the group has a strong local focus: Fiorina Berezovsky (15, chess, Monaco), Aliyyah & Yasmeen Koloc (18, motorsport, Dubai), Julian Agliardi (12, skateboarding, Franco-American, pictured above), Théo Druenne (17, swimming, Monaco), Mamadou Coulibaly (18, football, Monaco). These new Champions for Peace will “lead innovative initiatives and promote the values of peace through sport.” Peace and Sport’s new initiative was spearheaded by Marlène Harnois, an Olympic medallist in taekwondo at the London 2012 Games, who last year became the representative of the Champions for Peace Club. She succeeded another Olympic medallist, Benjamin Boukpeti, who came third at the 2008 Beijing Games in slalom canoeing. Created in 2009, the Champions for Peace Club currently has more than 110 high-level athletes.