Professor Yunus to carry Rio Olympic Torch

03 August 2016

Professor Yunus to carry Rio Olympic Torch

Professor Muhammad Yunus will carry the Olympic Torch during the final leg of its journey through Rio on Thursday, August 4.

Nobel Laureate and Chancellor of GCU, Professor Yunus was nominated for the honour by the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.

During his time in Brazil, Professor Yunus will also address the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attended by representatives of the national Olympic Committees from around the world. He will speak on “Athletics, Social Business and SDGs – the New Vision of the World”.

Professor Yunus is to begin work with the IOC to develop a social dimension to the athletics and the sports world, right from the grass root level to the global level. This will include all IOC events, venues and organisations to participate and create social businesses to address human problems around them.

The Rio Olympic Torch relay will conclude with the traditional lighting of the Olympic cauldron on Friday, August 5 during the Opening Ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium.