IOM in South Sudan crowned winners at the UN Sports Day, again

They have done it again!

Staff of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) burst out into chants of jubilation as they lifted the trophy after being crowned the overall winners of the United Nations Sports Day in South Sudan, second year running.

“It has been a memorable day,” said IOM Chief of Mission Jean-Philippe Chauzy. “IOM staff came together, pulled together and came out on top.” 

On Saturday 2 November, under the intense sun in Juba, UN agencies and the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan participated in a host of sporting activities, including football, a relay race, tug-of-peace, volley-ball and many more at the sports grounds of the University of Juba.  

The sports day is an opportunity to bring together all UN organisations operating in South Sudan, under the spirit of One UN, to align their passion and commitment to Delivering as One as they support the people of South Sudan and refugees who have sought refuge in the East African nation. 

“It has been great witnessing the comradery between the UN family,” said Chief of Mission Chauzy.

Among the day’s winners was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) who were number one in football, the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, winning the volleyball cup, the UN Migration Agency, IOM who won the tug-of-peace and were also crowned champions of the UN Sports Day 2019 in South Sudan.

“It was amazing to be part of all this,” said IOM Logistics Officer and member of the sports day organizing committee, Antonio Trentadue.  

“Our office came out stronger from this experience,” said Trentadue.

IOM operates across South Sudan and the Abyei Admininistration Area responding to humanitarian needs, and continues to implement an integrated, multi‐sector approach to reach displaced and conflict-affected populations.

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