After visited two sport training centre in the United Arab Emirates, Dr Mataruna meet local authorities to discuss a project of Sport for Peace and Development for the Gulf Region. In 2016 the research will return to the Emirates to propose projects connecting the culture of peace and sport for all elements in order to promote values of the Olympics.
The pursuit of peace is part of the fundamental principles of Olympism as defined in the Olympic Charter 1:
1. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way oflifebasedonthejoyofeffort,theeduca- tional value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
2. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
These fundamental principles give rise to the three Olympic values of “striving for excellence” “demonstrating respect” and “celebrating friendship.