Professor Yunus Joins IOC President to Welcome Refugee Olympic Team

Yunus Centre Press Release (August 12, 2016)

Photo Caption: Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with three members of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) including Rose Lokonyen a track athlete from South Sudan after their welcome to the Olympic Village by the IOC on August 3, 2016. Photo: Lamiya Morshed/Yunus Centre.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was especially invited by IOC President Thomas Bach to join him in the flag raising ceremony of the Refugee Olympic Team at the Olympic Village on August 3. He joined in the official ceremony to welcome the team into the Village and to witness the  flag raising of the Refugee Olympic Team along with five other teams that evening.

There are ten athletes who form the Refugee Olympic Team from South Sudan. Ethiopia, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo participating in athletics, judo and swimming during the Rio 2016 games. The flag that was raised for them was the Olympic Flag. Rose Lokonyen the track athlete from South Sudan recognized Professor Yunus and came over to take a photo with him.

Professor Yunus sat through the ceremony flanked by Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, and Jacques Rogge, the former President of the IOC, in an exclusive program inside the Olympic Village. Professor Yunus was earlier given a tour of the Olympic Village and facilities courtesy of the IOC.

Yunus returns home among joyful colleagues holding Olympic Torch

Yunus Centre Press Release

Dhaka, August 11, 2016

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus returned to Dhaka. His colleagues gave him a rousing welcome.

He addressed the welcoming crowd to share his experiences at the mega global event. He narrated the experience of being the Olympic Torchbearer and of addressing the annual meeting of the International Olympic Committee. He also briefed them about progress made by Yunus Social Business Brazil, a social business company which operates in 13 states out of 27 states in Brazil. They just launched a social business fund of USD 10 million in the presence of Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Professor Yunus took pictures with his colleagues in his Olympic uniform holding up the Olympic Torch and displaying the three fingers for three Zero goals that he is promoting globally.

Photo Credit: Nasir Ali Mamun/Yunus Centre

"Whole Nation can be Proud of Abdullah" : Yunus

Yunus Centre Press Release (09 August, 2016)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with Bangladeshi shooter Abdullahil baki. Professor Yunus was present at his event to cheer for him at the Rio Olympics.

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus went to give support to Bangladeshi  athelet Abdullahil baki was competing in the qualifying round of the mens 10 metre air rifle shooting  at the Deodoro Olympic Shooting park. Abdullah's performance was top order during the first of 60 shots. He was in fourth position among all contestants. Bangladeshi supporters were excited about his prospect of making the finalists of eight contestants.     In the end  he could not enter the final  but his performance was ahead of many participants from leading countries in the game. The whole nation can feel proud of his performance.

Professor Yunus congratulated  Abdullah immediately  after the end of the qualifying round along with other Bangladeshi well-wishers at the Deodoro Olympic Shooting Park

Caption 1: Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the members of Bangladesh Olympic Team.

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Dinner in Honour of Yunus by Mayor of Paris

Yunus Centre Press Release (August 10, 2016)

With Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and three time Olympic gold medallist Tony Estanguet at a dinner hosted by the Mayor in honor of Professor Yunus on August 7, 2016

Mayor Anne Hidalgo hosted a dinner for Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. The dinner took place at the magnificent Club de France, the French Olympic House during the Rio 2016 games. During the dinner she requested Professor Yunus to advise her on addressing the problem poverty in St Denis, the northern poor section of Paris city. She invited the top executives of  National Olympic Committee (NOC) to join in the dinner.

She requested them to put the support of the NOC to collaborate with Yunus to make his work successful. This work will also include helping the retired athletes to find dignified professions. She invited  Professor Yunus to visit Paris soon to discuss the details of the collaboration. Professor invited the Mayor to visit Bangladesh to attend Social Business Day in June, 2017 to get an orientation on the social businesses around the world.

The dinner was joined by the top executives of the National Olympic Committee including Mr Tony Estanguet, Co-President of the Paris 2024 Candidate Committee and three time Olympic gold medallist canoeist, Etienne Thobois, the CEO of the Committee for Candidate city of Paris for 2024, They were also joined by the President and Vice President of the French National Olympic Committees.

Mayor of Paris invited Professor Yunus to come to Paris as her guest to familiarize himself with the problems of St Denis, and hold meetings with all stakeholders to design a social business program  to transform St Denis.

Professor Yunus assured the Mayor that he would try to visit Paris soon. He also informed her that he would be in Paris on November 9-10 for the Global Social Business Academia Conference. He would plan to spend some additional days in St Denis.

Photo Caption 2: Guests at the dinner by Mayor of Paris in Honor of Professor Yunus on August 7 including from left to right Lamiya Morshed, Anne Hidalgo Mayor  Prof Yunus  Etienne Thobois, President of Candidate City Paris 2024, NIcolas Hazard CEO Comptoir D'Innovation Fund, Tony Estanguet (French triple gold medallist canoeist) Hans Reitz Christina Jaeger

Professor Yunus Attends Rio Olympics 2016 Opening Ceremony as Official Guest

Yunus Centre Press Release (08 August, 2016)

Professor Yunus attended the opening of Rio Olympic games in special VIP box as honored guest of IOC president Thomas Bach. Photo: Lamiya Morshed/Yunus Centre

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus was a honored guest of International Olympic Committee at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games on evening of 5 August at Maracasna stadium in Rio de Janeiro. He watched the spectacular four hour long program which included the march past of the Olympic team from  Bangladesh to three billion audience who were watching the event throughout world. Professor Yunus was enjoying this breathtaking opening ceremony from the VIP gallery along with Sachin Tendulkar, and professor Yunus's friends, such as former Greek Prime Minister Papandreou, and Michelle Jean, former Governor General of Canada.

Earlier in the day he visited the Olympic Broadcasting Service, a massive temporary broadcasting facility built Olympic media centre. CEO of the Centre Yiannis Exarchos received him and gave an one hour guided tour personally acting as the tour guide to show the state of the art television and broadcasting technology installed within this structure. tellyseries