Doha: A new global initiative aimed at addressing the challenges arising from racism and discrimination in sports was unveiled here yesterday.
“Global Watch is a call to action by all right thinking persons across the globe, black and white, to take a stand in the face of racial bigotry which is increasingly becoming daring and brazen in its attempt to transform playing fields into zones of racism-discrimination and hatred,” said Tokyo Sexwale a political and social activist, former Robben Island prisoner and anti-apartheid struggle veteran during the launch function.
The initiative, named Global Watch: Say No to Racism-Discrimination in all sport, is a strategic partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Doha Goals Forum Foundation and the Sexwale Foundation.
Sexwale, a veteran of the liberation struggle in South Africa and a political prisoner with Nelson Mandela and others, will co-chair Global Watch with Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani, Executive Director of the Doha GOALS (Gathering Of All Leaders in Sport) Forum Foundation.
“Doha Goals forum is proud to be a founding partner of Global watch , we believe that sport can play a critical role in contributing to the building of a better world , and look forward to working with the Nelson Mandela foundation and the Sexwale foundation on advancing this mission,” Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak said.
Global Watch aims to 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.
Speaking to journalists Sexwale said Global Watch will be hosting a three-day summit in South Africa in September.
“To give meaning to the objectives of Global Watch we will undertake a Global Summit. The Global Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 9 to 11 will have participation of international sporting organizations, leading sporting figures, anti-racism-discrimination activists, government representatives, civil society, grass-roots representatives and other stakeholders will take part in the summit,” the South African leader said.
“The purpose of the summit is to develop a Global Charter aimed at the eradication of racism-discrimination in all sport in the 21st Century. The final version of the Charter will be presented to the United Nations through the office of Commissioner Navi Pillay, the head of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, which from the onset has been an associate partner to Global Watch,” said Sexwale.
Sexwale said Global Watch will commission the compilation of a Global Barometer on racism-discrimination in sport.
“A barometer will be produced periodically and will act as a monitoring tool to define challenges and to measure progress. The barometer will have the involvement of independent, credible and internationally recognised agencies and global thought leaders to audit its accuracy.”
A National Codes of Conduct governing the conduct and behaviour of sporting persons in respect of anti-racism-discrimination towards non-racialism on playing fields is on also on the cards, said Sexwale.