What would you say is Professor Muhammad Yunus’ greatest contribution to the economy and to sports?
Through the creation of microcredits and the concept of social enterprises, he has helped many people to get out of poverty, to join efforts to move forward in a collective and communitarian way and above all to empower and motivate women to be part of this change. Being able to link social business and sport has been a great opportunity to put into practice and demonstrate that Nelson Mandela’s phrase “sport has the power to change the world” is true. Sport can be used to address a problem that affects a group or an entire community. Being able to learn all this from Professor Yunus and escalate it to the level of the Olympic Movement will undoubtedly have a positive contribution for all the people who relate to and live in the world of sports.
From your experience, what is the biggest challenge that young people face when faced with problems of inequality, lack of opportunities, work, study and poverty?
The biggest challenge we have to face is that of indifference. Getting out of our comfort zone makes us completely in tune with empathy and understanding of a reality that may be different from ours but is directly related to us. We can take small steps and perform specific actions, generating more and better opportunities for people living in vulnerable situations and striving to build a more equitable, more humane and fairer economy. If we step out of our comfort zone, we can realize that there is much to do in the world and that we can be part of the change.
What message does the award of Professor Muhammad Yunus during the #Tokyo2020 Olympic Games leave?
That the Olympic Movement is already taking firm and confident steps on the scope and social dimension that sport and physical activity can have. That we can all learn and put into practice this message that Professor Yunus has brought in different forms, channels, media or initiatives and that we can all build a better world through sport. The Olympic Movement is taking these steps and we can all do it from small actions or initiatives.