In an often divided world, sport is a unique and important element that brings people together both across and within societies. Sport is a language that people all over the world can use as a vessel for communication. We all understand that we are living in a world filled with injustice, poverty and discrimination amongst other challenges. United Through Sport brings many people together and we work together towards common goals. As athletes enjoy their victory, we can have a united victory against poverty, discrimination and ignorance. United we must ensure, especially for our youth, that every girl, every boy, that all children have an opportunity on the playing field of life.
Participation in sport and a healthy lifestyle gives the youth vitality and solid grounding from which to grow. Regardless to friendship, rivalry, passion, motivation, desire, inspiration, belonging, triumph and honour, this is what we all strive for in everyday life.
United Through Sport has brought major players to one round table and the opening conference shows the importance of working together as one. The three-day festival is an affirmation of our youth looking at us not only for guidance, but reminding us all about the choices we make, as well as the impact it has on their future.
United Through Sport Festival and conferences which run with and parallel to the SportAccord 2018 Convention is an alliance of many organisations working together using the ability sport has, to bring unity and peace to a divided world. I would like to thank each and everyone who has contributed to the success of this alliance and also for the trust granted to me to coordinate this special initiative.
I hope that we will continue to work together as one, for and with our youth as they are our future. These children have no choice. No voice. But we do.
United with one voice, we will continue our efforts to make their world as well as ours a better place.
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