Gold medallist and world-record holder Pistorius has recently visited International Inspiration projects in Tanzania, witnessing the impact that the programme – which uses sport and play to engage young children – is already having.
During his trip he also helped launch the programme’s partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
Oscar Pistorius said: ‘Meeting and speaking to some of the young people who are benefiting from the International Inspiration programme here in Tanzania has just reinforced how much of impact it is having on their lives.
'It’s fantastic to see that the London 2012 Games are really delivering on their promise to inspire young people around the world to choose sport.’
In Tanzania, International Inspiration will aim to reach more than two million young people by 2014 with sports-based activities and mentoring support. It will also raise awareness of social issues including HIV/AIDs and malaria, and help young people develop key life skills.
Power of the Games
International Inspiration is bringing to life the promise made by the London 2012 bid team to reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘We have always stated that we wanted to use the power of the Games to inspire children and young people around the world to choose sport and Oscar’s involvement with International Inspiration will help us achieve this – he is a real inspiration to people both in Tanzania and around the world.’
The programme is delivering on its international legacy promise a year earlier than planned, and has already achieved its vision of reaching 12 million children and young people around the world.