Lagos - Women footballers and coaches will be honoured
during a game to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
on Sunday 6th April.
Launched by the United Nations at the initiative of the
International Olympic Committee, the first ever ‘International Day of Sport for
Development and Peace’ will take place on Sunday 6th April 2014.
The event represents a unique opportunity to mobilize, join
forces, encourage and bring to light projects for peace and development through
Pepsie Adiukwu, CEO of Peps-Pean Productions, a leading
figure within female football in Nigeria said they are joining the major
celebration of sport for peace by organizing a football match on Sunday at the practice
pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
The organisation is using this initiative to honour
grassroots female footballers and their coaches – unsung heroes who guide them
to hone their skills, in various nooks and crannies of Nigeria.
“I remain very committed towards contributing whatever I can
to the development of female football. On the occasion of this first ever
‘International Day of Sport for Development and Peace’ I felt it right to
recognise our grassroots female footballers and their coaches for their contribution”
The goal of the event is to celebrate sport as a tool for
development and peace and encourage members of the public to raise awareness
and rally support for initiatives in their local communities.
Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport
stressed the importance of the event: “By establishing 6 April as the
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the UN and IOC are paying
tribute to the unique role of sport in our society and honouring its constructive
and positive values,” he said.
“Throughout the year, a tremendous amount of work is carried
out by stakeholders on the ground – often in difficult conditions. This day
serves as a way to recognize and honour their achievements,” Bouzou continued.
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