FRIDAY, JULY 13: Bermuda Winter Olympian Patrick Singleton took part in a major debate on the impact of the Olympic Games on world peace.
Mr Singleton, who represented the island in the luge and skeleton events, joined former England and Chelsea footballer Graeme Le Saux and Debbie Lye, international development director for UK Sport, for the lecture on Wednesday, organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
An audience of MPs, members of the House of Lords and Westminster parliamentary staff heard the three discuss sport’s increasing prominence as a humanitarian, development and peace-building tool. The lecture — held in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics – also explored the development legacy of the Olympics.
The three panelists also discussed the revival of the ancient Greek tradition of the Olympic Truce – now a force to bring together countries in conflict and to offer humanitarian support through national Olympic Committees to countries torn by conflict. The lecture also discussed the role of sport in communities at grassroots level.