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“RACISM AND SPORT” PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
12 March 2013

(Issued as received) - GENEVA – The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will host a panel discussion on “Racism and Sport” on Thursday 21 March, from 13:15 to 14:45, at the Palais des Nations (Room XIX).

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will open the panel discussion on Racism and Sport.

Participants:

·    Kevin-Prince Boateng, Professional footballer for AC Milan Football Club and the Ghanaian national team
 
·    Patrick Vieira, Former captain of the French national football team and current Football Development Executive at Manchester City Football Club

·    William Gaillard, Senior Advisor, UEFA

·    Federico Addiechi, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, FIFA

·    Ambassador Mohamed Siad Douale, Chairperson, Inter-Governmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

·    Piara Powar, Executive Director, FARE Network, a coalition of organizations dedicated to combatting discrimination in football and using it as a means of overcoming social exclusion

The panel discussion will be followed by a press conference in Room XIX from 15:00 to 15:30.

ENDS

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HC13/019E