"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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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.

Yunus carries Olympic Torch at Rio 2016

Yunus Centre Press Release

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus holding up the Olympic Torch in one hand and displaying three fingers with another hand to symbolize "Three Zeroes" in front the picture of Rio Olympic 2026 Mascot

Rio, August 4
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, wearing elegant Olympic athlete uniform carried the Olympic torch today on the final leg of the Olympic torch relay in Rio de Janeiro in the build up to the opening of the 2016 Games. He received the flame from senior IOC representative James Tompkins in a brief ceremony of transferring the flame from his torch and walked 200 metres with the flame to loud applause and cheers of the flood of crowds on the streets.

During the walk with the flame Professor Yunus held up the flame in one hand and held up three fingers of the other hand to symbolize the three zeroes urging the global audience to work for. These three zeros stand for three social and environmental goals of "Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions". He has been advocating to add a social dimension to all IOC programs . This was the core message of his address to IOC Annual General Meeting yesterday.

All along the walk crowds of local children, youth. men and women surrounded him taking videos and pictures to capture this historical event in their neighbourhood. Many in the crowd recognised him as the father of microcredit which is popular in Brazil. The media truck overflowing with TV and print media cameras from all around the world drove slowly in front of him and the processsion covering the event. At the end of the walk he passed on the flame to Ms Michelle Jean, former Governor General of Canada and the present Secretary General of the Union of Francophone Countries.  There was a carnival like atmosphere with music and excitement all around.  The torch relay was broadcast live by www.globosporte.com

In the evening he was invited as a guest of honor at dinner by the IOC President Mr Thomas Bach which was attended by 450 leaders of sports world and distinguished guests like UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, French President Francois Hollande, HRH Princess Anne, HM King of Netherlands, HRH Crown Prince of Denmark and high officials of the IOC. Professor Yunus was given a seat at the head table along with the distinguished guests and their spouses.

Earlier in the day he was invited as keynote speaker at conference of the CEOs of Brazilian businesses hosted by the Inter American Development Bank and inaugurated by the Mayor of Rio. Professor Yunus encouraged businesses to get involved in social businesses to tackle some of the pressing issues of society including unemployment and wealth concentration.

Professor Yunus will attend the Olympic events, as the distinguished guest of IOC, for the next few days including the grand opening ceremony tomorrow which will be televised globally.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus transferring Olympic flame to next Torch Bearer former Governor General of Canada (2005-10) Madame Michelle Jean at the Rio 2016 torch relay.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus flanked by volunteers  carrying the Olympic Torch in Rio.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with Olympic torch posing for a photo with a group of local spectators during his Torch Relay through the poor neighborhoods of Rio.

Yunus With Cricket Legend Sachin at Rio Olympics

Yunus Centre Press Release

Professor Yunus met star cricketer  Sachin Tendulkar in Rio today. Prof Yunus urged him to get involved in youth and invited him to upcoming India social business forum. Prof Yunus also told the player that his 100th century was played just across the Grameen Bank office. Sachin talked about the great strides that Bangladesh team had made and especially praised the performance if Shakib Al Hasan. Tendulkar like Prof Yunus is also attending the Olympics at the invitation of the  IOC. Photo: Lamiya Morshed/Yunus Centre.

Rio, Aug 7, 2016

Nobel laureate Professor Yunus met cricket legend  Sachin Tendulkar in Rio. They were in the VIP box of the stadium watching opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. They told each other how much they have been admiring each other over the years. During their conversation Professor Yunus mentioned to him that he reached his amazing record of 100th century at the stadium in Dhaka just across the Grameen Bank Building. Tendulkar fondly remembered the occasion. This is one of the highest points in his career.

Professor Yunus at one point wanted to know how he plans to spend his life after the conclusion of his glorious cricket career. He said he is trying to devote himself focusing on social work. Professor told him what a great social force he is. He inspires billions people in all age groups in all cricket-loving countries. Professor urged him to use his power to bring changes in lives of people at the bottom. His manager Narayan said he read Professor's book long time back and got very excited about the new frontier of using creative power to do things in ways which were never tried before.

Professor Yunus invited Tendulkar to participate in the Social Business Country Forum of India to be held in Mumbai on November 18-19 this year and Social Business Day in Dhaka on June 28-29, 2017, and visit social businesses created in Bangladesh over many years. Tendulkar expressed deep interest in social business events in India and and Bangladesh. He wishes to follow up on this discussion and expressed his desire to work with Professor Yunus to promote social business concept and actions in India.

On development of cricket in Bangladesh Tendulkar was upbeat on the fast strides that Bangladesh team had made. He especially praised the performance of Shakib Al Hasan. He made very positive comments on Bangladeshi players. He encouraged that they should continue to play with top international teams in order to continue their their impressive record.

Tendulkar is attending the Olympics at the invitation of the  IOC.

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Yunus addresses Olympic Committee in Rio

Yunus Centre Press Release (o4 August, 2016)

President Thomas Bach of the Olympic International Committee greets Professor Yunus as guest of honor in advance if the 129th Session of the IOC where Professor Yunus delivered the keynote address.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed the 129th Session of the International Olympic Committee on the morning of August 3 at the Oceanico Convention Centre in Rio de Janeiro.  He spoke on the theme of the potential of  social business, the Olympics and sports to work together to solve social problems, particularly bring opportunities to help those who are excluded from the global economic system.

The session was attended by more than two hundred Presidents of the Olympic Committees from around the world and their guests. Among the dignitaries present at the speech, which was moderated by Mr Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, were HRH Princess Anne of UK, HRH Prince Albert of Monaco and the HRH Crown Prince of Denmark, Grand Duke of Luxemburg.

Professor Yunus gave a 45 minute speech which was followed by a question and answer session. Fifteen members of committee asked questions on all aspects of social orientation of the IOC including on the topics of what candidates cities should do, what the Olympic legacy in each city should be, how social business can handle issues of criminality, what the retired Olympic athletes should do. The Q and A session lasted nearly 40 minutes exceeding the original 15 minutes allotted for that. The President of IOC, Mr Thomas Bach, joked that if he allowed all the questions then the opening session scheduled for August 5 may be delayed.

The session was live cast on IOC website and the link of the speech and Q and A was shared on Youtube by the IOC.

After the IOC speech, Professor Yunus was invited to meet the Mayors of the Candidate Cities for the 2024 Olympics which included Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris and Mayor of Los Angeles, Budapest and Rome.

The President of IOC has invited Professor Yunus to attend the Welcome Ceremony of the team of Refugee athletes at the Olympic Village on August 3 evening, who are participating for the first time at the Olympics, have been given a special status and will be carrying the Olympic flag.

On August 4, Professor Yunus will participate in the Torch Relay as a torch bearer along with other celebrities in the last leg of the relay before the official opening of the Olympics on the evening of August 5.

Yunus Centre will post live video footage from the torch relay on the Muhamamd Yunus and Yunus Centre Facebook pages which may be shared by those who wish to do so.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addresses the 129th Session of the International Olympic Commission in Rio on August 3.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with the athletes of the Refugee Olympic Team after a ceremony in the Olympic Village to welcome them to the Rio  2016 games.

Nobel Laureate  Professor Yunus with the members of the dance team who welcome 6 new national teams including the Refugee Olympic Team to the Olympic Village on evening of august 3.

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