Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior has been appointed as the United Nations Human Rights Champion, marking a groundbreaking move in his ongoing fight against racism in sports.
In an announcement on social media, the Brazilian attacker shared his collaboration with the United Nations to expand anti-racism education. The 23-year-old advocates for “zero tolerance” policies towards racial discrimination in sports and emphasizes the need for reporting mechanisms to support victims of abuse.
Vinicius expressed the significance of this year, acknowledging the persistent journey ahead to eradicate bigotry from sports and society. He outlined his commitment to advancing equality and human rights through anti-racism education.
The footballer is enthusiastic about his new role as the United Nations #HumanRights Champion, pledging to make sports a model of inclusivity, free from racism and discrimination.
In a video message, Vinicius called for unity against racism, emphasizing the importance of zero tolerance in sports. He stressed the need for institutions to implement reporting mechanisms and address discrimination unequivocally, ensuring support for victims.
Having faced racist abuse during matches since joining Real Madrid, Vinicius has consistently used his platform to speak out against discrimination.
He has confronted La Liga president Javier Tebas on this issue and remains committed to combating racism in Spain for the sake of future generations.
As Vinicius embarks on his role as the UN Human Rights Champion, he continues his recovery from a muscle injury sustained during international duty, expected to keep him sidelined for an additional two months.
His dedication to eradicating racism in sports reflects a broader commitment to creating positive change.
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