Sport allows us to engage in dialogue and to build bridges, and it may even have the capacity to reshape international relations. The Olympic Games embody perfectly this universal mission.
Sport is a great equalizer that can build bridges, transcend borders and cultures, and render even the fiercest conflicts temporarily irrelevant.
Sport is one of the few spaces where people can learn about different cultures in a spirit of trust and friendship.
Obesity is a problem that nearly every nation in the world is facing, but there is much that we can do to fix it.
Sport is and should remain a great school of life that supports young people in their personal development. It teaches respect for others and also for oneself.
Inspiration, in its rich variety, must be present in any discussion about Africa. We need role models - they are essential to the advancement of our society.
Africa's informal economy is one of the most innovative and inventive environments in the world. Yet it is an environment with little regulation in which workers are often exposed to hard conditions and live without a safety net.
Not only do African students deserve excellent universities, they deserve good elementary and secondary schools, too - and then, to have access to ongoing vocational and job training to ensure their skills remain as relevant as possible to African organizations.
Even an unsuccessful Olympic bid can be the source of change within a city if organizers adhere to their vision.
Improving Africa's farming sector would have multiple positive outcomes for African people.
In the organization of any major sporting event or the planning of a building, long-term thinking is key.
Africa's agricultural sector has enormous scope for development, which would benefit both the continent's economy and its people.
When kids are young, before the age of ten, there is a critical window of opportunity when their habits and motivations can be influenced.
Culturally, it is commonplace for African women to work.
If women are the key to Africa's future - and I believe they are - we must figure out how to take away the barriers to their participation.
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