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NEWS | 02/03/2018

"The club is adding its name to an ambitious project through which we hope to continue making a contribution to achieve a more supportive society", stated Florentino Pérez at the ceremony held to sign up to the initiative, which promotes the right to take part in sporting activities.
Real Madrid has signed up to the Athens Principles. Club president Florentino Pérez signed an agreement that promotes the universal right to participation in sports. The signing ceremony was held at the media room at the WiZink Centre ahead of the EuroLeague showdown between Real Madrid and Fenerbahçe. In attendance at the proceedings were Jordi Bertomeu, president of the EuroLeage; Christian Karembeu, former Real Madrid player and Olympiacos ambassador; Stephen Ortega, Associate Professor at Simmons College and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University; and representing Fenerbahçe, who have also signed the agreement, Ozan Balaban.

In his address, Florentino Pérez declared: "All of us that are here love sport and know exactly how exciting it can be. Sport is all about excitement, hard work and commitment... But sport also has the ability to make the world a better place. That's why the leading clubs and sporting institutions have a massive responsibility to our society. Our teams create dreams and hopes for millions of people who are always there for us, but who also demand that we perform to the standard we should".
 
A more supportive society
"The signing of today's agreement sees Real Madrid add its name to an ambitious project through which we hope to continue making a contribution to achieve a more supportive society. Today we're signing the Principals of Athens in relation to the right to participate in sport, which is something that we fully identify with and which is linked to the values that represent our institution. We have a guiding principle which is that of solidarity and we consider sport to be a meeting point for individuals and communities".

The Real Madrid Foundation
"Our Foundation has been carrying out significant work throughout the whole world over the past 20 years, turning sport into a tool in education and life outreach projects, particularly for millions of boys and girls at risk from social exclusion. To be here today at this event is a great honour and one that brings with it even greater responsibility. The signing of the Principles of Athens charter sees us join a project that is aimed at building a fairer society in which respect reigns supreme and barriers and discriminations are removed. Everyone has the right to take part in sporting activities and we must continue to all fight together to achieve this".

Bertomeu: "We thank Real Madrid for hosting us here"
"Our thanks go to Real Madrid and its president for hosting us here and what it means that a club for like this is joining a movement that we launched with great excitement alongside other EuroLeague clubs. It's a project that represents an excellent fit for our corporate and social responsibility programme. These values will enable us to see communities at risk from discrimination and struggling to integrate take part in something that is crucial and so important, as noted by the president of Real Madrid, namely sport and what it has to offer in terms of education and social life".
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