UNESCO Champion for Sport
The legendary pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka was designated UNESCO Champion for Sport in November 2003. This title was bestowed upon him in light of his role in the promotion of peace and tolerance through sport and the Olympic spirit.
Known as the "Tsar of the Perch", Sergey Bubka has broken thirty-five world records during his career. Six-time World Champion (1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997), European Champion (1986) and Olympic Champion (1988), he was named Hero of Ukraine in February 2001, the highest honorary title which can be awarded by the Ukrainian government.
A large-scale Olympic eco-campaign took place in one of the forestries of Prykarpattia in western Ukraine with the participation of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, President of the National Olympic Committee, Olympic champion Sergey Bubka, famous Olympians and sports community of the region.
More than a thousand large saplings were planted on an area of 0.5 hectares within the framework of the NOC project Olympic Heritage. According to Sergey Bubka, these actions once again prove that sports and such global events as the Olympic Games are not just competitions, goals, points, seconds, but also desire to improve the world. It is an investment in development, education and protection of the environment.
"We all strive to live in a better world, but we must act to make our dreams come true. Such projects as the Olympic Heritage are a great symbol of our determination to enrich our environment and leave a good mark and a better world for the next generations," stressed Sergey Bubka.
Our UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Sport, Mr. Sergey Bubka, joined the celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6 with the White Card campaign. He also congratulated the super finalists of the "Brain Ring - Luhansk Olympic" held as part of Global Sports Week under the auspices of UNESCO.