Ballon d'Or adds Socrates award for players tackling social issues

Ballon d’Or adds Socrates award for players tackling social issues

Ballon d’Or organizers said on Wednesday they would add a humanitarian award to this year’s ceremony named after Socrates, the elegant Brazilian midfielder, who also graduated with a medical degree.

“The Socrates Prize will identify the best social initiative of committed champions,” said a statement from France Football magazine, which awards the Ballon d’Or.

These initiatives will include those that promote social integration, protection of the environment or aid to disadvantaged groups, threatened or victims of conflicts.

France Football said it chose Sócrates, who died in 2011 at the age of 57, for his commitment to a campaign he helped organize at his club, Sao Paulo’s Corinthians, while Brazil was under a military dictatorship called “Corinthian Democracy.”

While they were warned to stop interfering in political affairs, the players got away with it because of their high profile and because they focused on introducing democracy only to their club, insisting that there be a vote on decisions on how the game was handled. club.

The prize will be awarded by a jury that includes former Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Rai, Socrates’ younger brother, as well as representatives of France Football and leaders of the Monaco-based organization Peace and Sport.

“Socrates always believed in the power of sport to mobilize and transform society to make it more equal,” Rai said in a statement. “He showed it as a player through his fight for the redemocratization of Brazil.

“Eleven years after his death, he remains the symbol of the champion committed to a fairer world.”

The Ballon d’Or gala will be held in Paris on October 17.


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