Political and social activist, former Robben Island prisoner and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Mr Tokyo Sexwale is to lead a new global initiative to be unveiled in Qatar, aimed at addressing the challenges arising from racism-discrimination in all sport globally.
His Excellency Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani of the State of Qatar, who is the Executive Director of the Doha Goals Forum Foundation and a member of the Al Thani royal house, will join Sexwale, a former South African government minister and African National Congress leader, in co-chairing the initiative.
The initiative, named Global Watch: Say No To Racism-Discrimination in all sport, will be unveiled at a global media briefing to be held in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, on 5 June 2014.
The Torch, Doha, State of Qatar
11h00 – Doha | 10h00 – South African Standard Time
Global Watch will be driven by a strategic partnership namely, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Doha Goals Forum Foundation and the Sexwale Foundation.
Global Watch builds upon the hard work and long involvement of many organisations, large and small, across the world who on a daily basis are taking a stand against racism-discrimination, whose members are doing so with moral courage, sometimes at great personal cost.
Global Watch has been welcomed by prominent world leaders, including former South African president Thabo Mbeki, African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the following Nobel Peace Prize laureates: former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former US vice-president Al Gore and former South African president FW de Klerk.
Global Watch has also been welcomed by various organisations, including the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) led by former International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Ms Navi Pillay, the International Olympics Committee (IOC), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and South Africa’s premier anti-apartheid organisation, the African National Congress (ANC).
Leading international television personality Oprah Winfrey and sporting heroes such as renowned football icon Pele, former Bafana Bafana and Leeds captain Lucas Radebe, former Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar, former cricket supremo Ali Bacher and the entire Barcelona Football Club squad, have amongst others added their voices in welcoming the initiative.
Further details of Global Watch and the Global Summit programme to be held in Johannesburg will be provided at the Doha media briefing.
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