Tribute to Nelson Mandela. The Olympic Museum opens the Mandela-AWEPA space.

Maite Fandos, present of the Fundació Barcelona Olímpica; Miet Smet, president of AWEPA Europe, and Josep Maldonado, President of AWEPA Spain, were given the honour of formally opening the Mandela – AWEPA Space of the Olympic Museum. Maria Teresa Samaranch, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation, Albert Batlle, Director-General of the Mossos d’Esquadra police force; Enric Truñó, Executive Councillor for Sport during the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games; Joan Anton Camuñas, former Secretary-General for Sport, and representatives of Barcelona's consular corps, were among the leading dignitaries who chose to attend the event in recognition of the lifetime achievement of Nelson Mandela.

Mandela – AWEPA is the product of a partnership between the Barcelona Olympic Foundation, the non-profit organisation which manages the Olympic and Sport Museum, and AWEPA, an association founded in 1984 by European politicians to help Nelson Mandela in his struggle against apartheid. Following the abolition of the social scourge of apartheid, and likewise on the wishes of Nelson Mandela, AWEPA continued to work to consolidate human rights, strengthen democracy and develop international cooperation in Africa.

AWEPA’s activities promote, among other initiatives, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa, including the reduction of poverty, especially among women and children.

The values which AWEPA addresses in its programmes can likewise, of course, include those focused on sport, such as training, peaceful coexistence and respect.