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06.04.2018

April 6th is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

As an active member of the Olympic movement, the International Shooting Sport Federation celebrates today the 2018 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, promoting shooting sport as a tool to drive social change and to foster peace and understanding.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an annual celebration of the power of sport. Creating an historical link to the first modern Olympic Games, April 6th was declared the IDSDP in 2013, and has been celebrated each year since 2014 as an opportunity to highlight how sport can help unite people and encourage a culture of peace, also promoting social development, build trust and self-belief, and establish bridges between groups in conflict.

 

Contributing to building a peaceful and better world through sport is a Fundamental Principle of the Olympic Charter. The IOC cooperates extensively with partners, including NOCs and numerous United Nations agencies, as well as international governmental and non-governmental institutions, on activities and educational initiatives which use sport as a tool for development and social change.

 

The UN talks about sport as a universal language that can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries and cultures. The overarching mission of the IOC is to put sport at the service of humankind.

 

Sport is an important tool for education, for example it can empower young girls and women and advance gender equality. In March 2018, the IOC released 25 recommendations of the IOC’s Gender Equality Review Project, to provide a solutions-based approach to achieving gender equality on and off the field of play, across all sports organisations in the Olympic Movement. In this year’s Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, all sports will be fully gender balanced.

 

april6.org is the platform for the expression, promotion and celebration of the initiatives that take place on this day. For more information, please visit www.peace-sport.org.

 

As the governing body of shooting sport in the world, and as a member of the Olympic family, the International Shooting Sport Federation celebrates this day and the power of sport to encourage human development and peace.

 

Join the movement at #sport4betterworld and #IDSDP2018!

Marco Vettoretti