December 14, 2018
On December 11, Peace and Sport, an organization working to build sustainable peace throughout the world through sport, this week announced Didier Drogba as its Vice President. The football legend, and long-time defender of sport for social good, will actively support the Founding President, Joel Bouzou, in developing the peace-through-sport movement and in implementing Peace and Sport’s strategy by supporting field programs and raising awareness amongst top athletes to support the cause.
Drogba has a history of advocating for diplomacy through sport . In 2005, after leading his native Cote d’Ivoire to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba and his teammates launched an appeal for his country to lay down their arms in the midst of civil war. Two years later, in 2007 he set up the Didier Drogba Foundation to facilitate health and education for the most vulnerable communities. A Peace and Sport Champion for Peace since 2017, he has greatly helped the organization’s field programs, notably with young people in Colombia.
Drogba explained, “I was determined to become more involved with Peace and Sport and to actively support its president Joel Bouzou to ‘give back’ all that sport has brought me over the years. My 25-year career has given me a certain amount of fame and I’ve built up a network. I now want to use my voice to bring positive change in the world”
Joël Bouzou added: “It’s a real pleasure and honour to welcome Didier onto Peace and Sport’s Board of Directors in this key post of Vice President. We are sure that his support will strengthen Peace and Sport strategy and create visibility about the positive power of sport.”
Starting in 2019, Didier will mobilize his global audience and his network of athletes, businesses and organizations and invite them to join the cause. He will also work to expand the Champions for Peace club, raising awareness amongst top sportsmen and women with high media visibility to involve them in Peace and Sport’s field projects.
About Peace and Sport
Founded in 2007, Peace and Sport is based in Monaco and placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. The organization works to build sustainable peace throughout the world. To achieve this, it promotes the practice of structured sport and its values as a tool to educate young generations, and as a vehicle for social stability, reconciliation and dialog between communities.