— Published 16 December 2022

A trophy for peace through sport

Prestigious. The Peace and Sport organisation was awarded the Peace Summit Prize this week in PyeongChang, South Korea, by the 18th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Committee. It was awarded to Joel Bouzou (pictured above, left), the founding president of Peace and Sport, at a ceremony in the city of the 2018 Winter Games. This award highlights the initiatives of the Monaco-based organisation over the past 15 years in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters or extreme poverty. The World Summit was marked by the presence of several former Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Shirin Ebadi (2003), Tawakkol Karman (2011), Ira Helfand (1985), Ruth Mitchell (2017), Tatsujiro Suzuki (1995), Kailash Satyarthi (2014), Leymah Gbowee (2011), and Ouided Bouchamaoui (2015). Among the guests, there was the former South Korean table tennis player Ryu Seung Min, an IOC member of the Athletes’ Commission, but also a Peace and Sport Champion. The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was created by Mikhail Gorbachev. Its first edition took place in Rome in 1999.