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Published on Feb 27, 2012
25 February 2012 - The international community and the world of sport came together today in Zambia as a high-level delegation led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge concluded a visit to Lusaka, Zambia, where they visited two community projects that successfully leverage the power of sport to bring about positive social change. The visit is the latest in a long series of joint activities between the UN and Olympic families, and another testimony of the strong cooperation between the two organizations.
In the afternoon, the delegation visited the Olympic Youth Development Centre in the northern outskirts of Lusaka. The multi-purpose sports complex is the pilot project of the IOC's 'Sports for Hope' programme and was established in May 2010 in collaboration with six international sport federations and the local government.
The objective of the IOC and the Zambian government is that the centre offers athletes professional training opportunities and a wide range of educational programmes, health services and community activities. A similar centre is scheduled to open in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2014.