“The Indo-Pak Express”, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, were awarded the 2010 Grand Prix of Peace & Sports at the fourth International Forum Peace and Sport in Monaco on Thursday evening.
The US Open finalists, whose slogan is “Stop War, Start Tennis”, were presented with the award by Crown Prince Albert of Monaco and Joel Bouzou, president and founder of Peace and Sport Foundation, in recognition of their efforts to promote peaceful relations between India and Pakistan.
The citation of the award said, “Their commitment to promoting peace between the two countries and their conviction that peace was possible was shown amply during the year. In the US Open tournament they managed to bring together the ambassadors of India and Pakistan to support the same team.”
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In presenting the award, Bouzou said he hoped the Indian and Pakistani governments would support Bopanna and Qureshi’s project to organise a symbolic tennis match at the Wagah border checkpost. He asked, “The sport is ready for peace. Will the two governments rise to the occasion?”
After the event, Bopanna said via his Twitter account, “Was a fantastic Gala dinner last night and was really happy to have won the Image of the year award. Really an honor to sit in the same table for dinner as the Excellency Prince Albert.”