Football for Friendship: Can we Promote Universal Values through Sports?

In the light of strengthening the spirit of communication between nations and support of human values; the young Chadian player Idriss Dougaye (12 years old), and the junior Chadian reporter Hamza Assef (12 years old) were chosen from Chad’s “Farcha Milezi” academy in order to participate and represent Chad in the International Children’s Forum, to […]

In the light of strengthening the spirit of communication between nations and support of human values; the young Chadian player Idriss Dougaye (12 years old), and the junior Chadian reporter Hamza Assef (12 years old) were chosen from Chad’s “Farcha Milezi” academy in order to participate and represent Chad in the International Children’s Forum, to which the Russian company Gazprom annually invites hundreds of young players from top African, Asian, European and South American football clubs.

The young Chadian star will be accompanied by the emerging journalist Assef for the final events of the program, which will take place in the Russian capital Moscow, from June 8 to June 15. These include the International Friendship Camp for three days, the International Football Tournament for Friendship and the Children’s Forum. The two Chadian children will participate in the program as ambassadors of their country to support the basic human values: friendship, equality, justice, health, peace, dedication, victory and honor promoted by the program.

Children participating in the Forum not only meet and communicate with their peers from other countries, as well as famous football players and public figures, but also become young ambassadors to promote universal values by themselves among their age-mates.

The Football for Friendship program’s mission is to developing children’s football; promoting youth sports and a healthy lifestyle; promoting friendship among children from different countries, fostering tolerance and respect toward other cultures and ethnicities.

The program was first launched in 2013 with the aim of improving the skills of young football and promoting healthy lifestyles, as well as promoting peace, openness and friendship among children from around the globe.

This year’s program has seen the launch of the sixth season, which had been held from February 15 to June 15, 2018, with the participation of a large number of countries and regions to reach 211 countries and regions from all over the world.

Football for Friendship is supported by such renowned footballers as Vitor Baia, Didier Drogba, Anatoly Tymoshchuk, Luis Neto, and Ralf Faehrmann, as well as football associations and federations in many countries.

The program is supported by FIFA, UEFA, the European Football Association, the Olympic Committee, the Paralympics, football associations and children’s institutions, as well as hundreds of prominent athletes and thousands of journalists from all over the world over the past years.

It is also worth mentioning that the previous events were held in London, Lisbon, Berlin, Milan and St. Peter’s. The number of people who know about the program is about 3700 participants and one billion people worldwide. Over the past years; the program has expanded from 8 to 211 countries and regions.

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