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UNESCO renews its cooperation with European Athletics
UNESCO and European Athletics – organization of European national athletic federations – announced today they have decided to prolong their successful collaboration. The agreement they signed in 2006 to provide a framework for joint projects in education and youth sport will now run through the 2010 European Athletics Championships.
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UNESCO renews its cooperation with European AthleticsThe agreement includes a commitment to organize jointly an educational camp for 100 or more young leaders in athletics from across Europe, to be staged in Barcelona during the 2010 championships. Other pilot projects are currently being developed in physical education for young children, athletics in schools and anti-doping education.

As Ahmed Sayyad, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Cooperation, points out, “UNESCO and European Athletics share values related to young people, education and healthy lifestyle. The first two years of our cooperation showed that athletics can help us communicate our messages effectively.” Adds European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz, “Our aim is to engage more and more young people and show them how athletics can contribute to the quality of their lives.”

The relationship was launched when the two organizations jointly supported the 2006 European Youth Forum during the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. The forum brought together 120 young leaders from more than 30 European countries to discuss the future of athletics and the sport’s impact on society.

In 2007, UNESCO and European Athletics joined forces with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to deliver an anti-doping education programme for athletes taking part in European Athletics’ Junior and U23 championships.

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Publication Date 11-07-2008

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