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05 Nov 2003
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UNESCO Champion for Sport

At a ceremony held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Tuesday, six-times world pole vault champion Sergey Bubka was named UNESCO Champion for Sport.

Olympic spirit
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation decided to honour the 1988 Olympic champion in recognition of "his role in the promotion of peace and tolerance through sport and the Olympic spirit".

Humanitarian work
UNESCO was also honouring his humanitarian activities in favour of young people, his action to enable disadvantaged children to benefit from physical education and his dedication to the Organisation’s ideas.

Fight against doping
At the ceremony, Sergey Bubka expressed his gratitude, declaring that he had "received a great deal from sport", and that it was now up to him to give something in return. He also stressed the importance he accords to the fight against doping, regarding it as "the biggest threat to sport in the 21st century".

IOC Athletes' Commission Chairman
A member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1999, in August 2002 Bubka became the first Ukrainian to chair the IOC Athletes' Commission.

Other athletes named UNESCO Champions for Sport are French judoka David Douillet (2001), and German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher.

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