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10 Jan 2007
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Brazzaville Declaration signed

On 8 January 2007, the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou N’Guesso, as President of the African Union; International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge; and Lassana Palenfo, on behalf of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), signed the “Brazzaville Declaration on Youth, Sport and Peace”. The ceremony, which was attended by numerous national and international sports leaders, took place ahead of the international Olympic forum that is currently being held in Brazzaville.
Taking arms against poverty
The Brazzaville Declaration underlines, among other things, that “Sport, which is becoming a real industry generating revenues, today constitutes a new weapon in our daily fight against poverty and the challenges to be tackled during this millennium.” In response to questions from the press, the IOC President explained that the IOC’s goal was to “make Africa a great sporting continent”.
Holding society together
This declaration exalts the practice of sport, and at the same time draws the attention of States to the role that they must play in the development of sport, as “this is an integral part of education and forms the glue that holds society together”.

Before participating in the Brazzaville Forum, the IOC President also held discussions in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) with Sports Minister Timothée Mukeba. During this meeting, the importance of sport in social cohesion was also underlined.
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