'Racism and sport' is the focus of the UN Human Rights Office on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21/03/2013 - EU-wide - English
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'There is no place for racism and intolerance in sport… Sport is meant to foster social cohesion, bring different cultures together in a celebration of healthy competition, and to overcome the diffidence and even contempt that all too often divide countries and communities in the political and social arenas.'
— UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay.
'Racism and sport' is the focus of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March 2013.
At a special event in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Office will highlight the issues raised by the persistent racism at sporting events.
Professional footballer, Kevin-Prince Boateng, from AC Milan and Patrick Vieira, ex-French international, currently an executive with Manchester City, senior officials from the Union of European Football Associations and the Federation of International Football Associations and other experts will share their views on racism in football.
Racism in sport, both by fans and competitors is an on going concern of the UN Human Rights Office. In September 2012, the Human Rights Council noted that, 'Despite the immense potential of sport in promoting tolerance, racism in sport is still a serious problem.'
Source : United Nations Human Rights