08.06.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Fabrice Santoro, UNESCO and young tennis stars get together to promote values of sport

For the eighth consecutive year, UNESCO is co-organizing the Open des Jeunes-BNP Paribas Cup, an international tennis tournament for young players age 12 to 14 that is considered the “Young people’s Roland Garros”. This 21st tournament, with French tennis champion Fabrice Santoro as its patron, will bring together young players from more than 50 countries from 28 June to 11 July in Paris.

Visitors and young participants will have the opportunity to participate in a number of interactive educational workshops led by a team of UNESCO youth, sport and physical education specialists. Within the context of the United Nations International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, the event will promote youth civic engagement and the value of sport to young people.

The fight against doping in sport will be one of the main themes presented by the tournament’s UNESCO space. Other workshops will be organized on UNESCO priorities such as sustainable development, world heritage and rapprochement of cultures. These workshops are designed to raise awareness among young people and to give athletic ambition an educational and cultural dimension essential for physical and moral growth.              

 The guiding principle of the UNESCO space is the “Sport and Attitude” concept, designed to inspire athletes to think about the values around sport and the practice of sport. An effective fight against doping is possible only if young athletes are aware of the values inherent in sport – fair play, honesty, dignity, respect and team spirit.              

Sharing with young players from all over the world; understanding the values of the world of sport and the problem of doping in sport; grasping the major challenges of the world today: through its interactive activities, the UNESCO space will give young players the opportunity to experience cultural diversity, promote sustainable development and become aware of action they can take in their everyday life.

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