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15 Dec 2004
Olympic News , Development through sport

Case studies on sport and development

On the occasion of the International Workshop on Sport for Development, is presenting case studies taken from the latest edition of FOCUS “Sport and Development”. The first two studies are linked to subjects being addressed in Geneva today.

Mozambique: Olympafrica project in Boane
The IOC, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Olympafrica centre, the government, the NOC of Mozambique and other partners are cooperating in a major poverty alleviation programme for the community of Boane. Over 600 primary school children from poor families have their school fees paid by the IOC, and training for women to manufacture school uniforms has been organised with a view to developing a local economic activity and creating a self-sufficient cooperative. The Olympafrica centre is also used as a sports training centre for some 1,000 children from the surrounding villages, providing sport and education courses and training. Olympic Solidarity is funding part of these activities.

Athens 2004: the sports world’s contribution to preventing HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS prevention is one of the fields in which sport  can clearly make a difference. Sports events, clubs and gyms offer a perfect platform to make young people aware of the issue and promote preventive messages. The IOC and UNAIDS have decided to join

forces in this field and key activities have been identified such as:

● In June 2004, the organisation of a regional seminar for NOCs in Johannesburg;
● Production of a worldwide generic toolkit on sport and HIV/AIDS for the sports community;
● During the Olympic Games in Athens, an intensive communication awareness campaign for the athletes present on HIV/AIDS prevention through sport.

Appeal to the athletes
All athletes received a special publication with the AIDS ribbon, encouraging them to participate in a joint prevention effort. Chinese gymnast Yaping Deng was quoted in the brochure as saying: “HIV can affect anyone anywhere. As athletes, we are in a unique position to help get messages through on how to avoid infection with the virus. While there may be no cure for AIDS, we must not forget that HIV can be prevented.”

For further information:
Sport for Development and Peace
Official website of the UNDP
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