Joël Bouzou

Joël Bouzou (born 30 October 1955) is a former French athlete and World Champion of modern pentathlon in 1987. Bouzou is the President of the World Olympians Association

Joël Bouzou
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Joël Bouzou (on the right), Vladimir Putin (at the left), Prince Albert II of Monaco (in the centre) at the First World Olympians Forum held in Moscow in 2015
Personal information
Born (1955-10-30) 30 October 1955 (age 65)
Figeac, France
SportModern pentathlon
Medal record
Men's modern pentathlon
Representing  France
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles Team


Sports careerEdit

Bouzou grew up in Auch, in a sporting family. His father was a PE teacher and Joël participated in many different sports, so that he naturally discovered Modern Pentathlon.

He participated in four Olympic Games (Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992) and won the team bronze medal in 1984.[1][2] He won the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in 1987, beating Milan Kadlec. He is currently Vice-President[3] of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne.

A member of the Executive Committee for the World Olympians Association (WOA) from 2003–2008, Bouzou also founded a French association Rassemblement par le Sport (Together through Sport) with the aim of helping to socially integrate young people living in volatile suburbs in France through sport.

Peace and sportEdit

Bouzou is President and Founder of a global initiative called Peace and Sport L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport founded in 2007 to promote the use of sport to foster dialogue and reconciliation everywhere where it's needed.

Peace and Sport, is a neutral international organization based in the Principality of Monaco and placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Distinctions and other activitiesEdit

In France, Bouzou is an Officer in The National Order of Merit and decorated with the Legion of Honour, one of the highest civil distinctions of the French Republic. He also holds the Gold Medal for Youth and Sport (in France) and the Silver Medal for Youth and Sport (in Monaco).

In March 2010 he was awarded a Honoris Causa Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University for Peace in recognition of "his unique worldwide leadership role in promoting peace and mutual understanding among different cultures, and his leadership of organizations devoted to these objectives".

He is also an advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

In December 2011, Bouzou was elected president of the World Olympians Association on a four-year term. He was re-elected in 2015 for another four-year term unopposed.[4]

Sports careerEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • Individual
  • Team


  1. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Joël Bouzou". Archived from the original on 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2012-09-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Joël Bouzou Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2012-09-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ UIPM Missing or empty |title= (help)
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