Olympic Champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Olympic and World Champion, Usain Bolt, have been nominated to receive the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Champion for Sport for Peace Award.
The awards will be issued in Paris, France, where the athletes will travel to receive them.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the announcement at a press conference, held yesterday (October 1) in the VIP lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, to welcome home several athletes, including Mrs. Campbell-Brown. The athletes participated in the recent International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships, in Berlin, Germany.
Also at the function were Leeford Green, Lerone Clarke, Lacena Golding-Clarke, Nicholas Gordon and Julian Reid.
Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange (centre), with Olympic gold medalist, Mrs. Veronica Campbell-Brown (right) and her husband, Mr. Omar Brown (left), Commonwealth Games 200-metre champion, shortly after their arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston, on October 1, to participate in this weekend’s Homecoming Celebrations for athletes who took part in the recent World Games, in Berlin, Germany.
“I am happy to announce that Veronica will accept the role for which she was nominated, that is, UNESCO’s champion for sports for peace, with a special mission of promoting gender equality in sports,” the Minister said. She also noted that Usain Bolt has been offered the award.
She said that Veronica is now one of three persons in the Caribbean and Latin America who serve as UNESCO’s champions for sports for peace in the world.
“When you are made an Ambassador and a champion for sport for peace by UNESCO, it means you are Ambassador to the world and that you not only represent your country, but you represent what is the best in the world and you are a medium through which the United Nations will promote gender equality and sports for peace,” she said.
In her remarks, Mrs. Campbell-Brown, who is the first female nominee from the Americas, said that she was happy to be nominated for the award.
“It is a real elite award and I look forward to carrying out my duties,” she said. She said that it was a privilege to accept the award, noting that she was now placed in the category of football legend, Pele, who was the first male nominee for the award.