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The boy with the Messi plastic bag jersey


The boy with the Messi plastic bag jersey

The Peace Ball Project gives away “Game Balls” as presents to children. As part of the project, Elazığ is supporting Murtaza Ahmadi who became internet famous for sporting a plastic bag Messi jersey.

The Peace Ball Project was initiated by Associate Professor Sebahattin Devecioğlu, from the Sports Sciences Faculty at the Fırat University in Istanbul, Turkey. According to Devecioğlu:

A “Peace Ball Gift Package” will be sent to Lionel Messi, who was chosen to be the best football player in the world and Murtaza Ahmadi, a five year old residing in Jaghori District in Ghazni, a city in the eastern region of Afghanistan. A photo of the boy wearing a Messi jersey that he had made from plastic bags went viral on the internet.


The purpose of this activity within the project is to support Murtaza Ahmadi’s love of sports and football. Additionally, with the cooperation of the Afghan Football Federation (AFF), an effort is being made towards the meeting of Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmadi in Turkey.

Moreover, an additional campaign will be started to provide sports equipment to male and female children who are interested in sports in the region by creating an awareness about “Children’s right to play” and drawing the whole world’s attention and interest to Murtaza Ahmadi’s residing district, Jaghori.

Peace Ball Project
The main purpose of the “Peace Ball Project” is to express that sports does not discriminate based on religion, language or race, emphasize that sports is a shared value of humankind and ensure “ Peace, Friendship and Brotherhood” through sports.

Articles from “Rights of the Child” which went into effect in 2 September 1990 and signed by 193 countries:

  • Article 31/1 “States Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”
  • Article 31/2 “States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

The “Peace and Sports” understanding has been accepted by the International Olympic Committee, UNESCO, UNICEF, the European Union, Sports Federations, Universities and Non-Governmental Organizations. A common goal is “to achieve more accessible and sustainable sports on neutral and safe grounds, to provide development in underdeveloped regions, to eradicate poverty and inequality, to contribute to education, to convey sport’s role in education, health, social, cultural and economics to masses by encouraging lifelong sports and healthy life culture.”

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Monday, February 8, 2016 - 23:00