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Three years from now, Brazil will host the FIFAWorld Cup and then, two years later, the OlympicGames. Far removed from the well-known clich├ęsof beaches and fine sand, 20 per cent of Rio's sixmillion inhabitants still live in favelas.In September 2010, eight photographers fromSwitzerland, Croatia, the United Arab Emirates,Hong Kong, the USA and Brazil came together fora unique event in Rio de Janeiro. Led byrenowned photographer David Burnett, they setout to show how sport can be a positive factor in social development.Their work, currently exhibited at The OlympicMuseum, is a wonderful illustration of how sportpromoted by local NGOs can transform the life ofa child, a family or even an entire community. Theproject coincided with the Homeless World Cup, inwhich 55 teams from around the world competedin a unique spirit of solidarity and sportsmanship.The eight photographers: Matteo Cardin, ElaineChen-Fernandez, Rodrigo Esper, Ben Moldenhauer,Katarina Prefors, Nicolas Stoian, Antoine Tardy andAnna Wang were supported by the UN Office onSport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), theBrazilian branch of the Sport for Social ChangeNetwork and Nike Inc. Since a photo can often saymuch more than words, the eight photographershave decided to continue to bear witness to socialchange on our planet. Below The exhibition features images detailingeveryday life in Rio's favelas22OLYMPIC REVIEWWHENSPORTCANCHANGE THEWORLDPHOTOGRAPHERS FORHOPEThe new exhibition at The OlympicMuseum, entitled HOPE. When sport canchange the world,sets out to show howsport, and in particular the OlympicGames, can bring hope to the world. Itexamines the extent to which sport can be seen as an efficient tool to build a better world.The interactive exhibition is organisedaround five themes. The sectionProclaiming Equalityfocuses on hope forsocial change and recalls the strugglesencountered by some athletes such asMuhammad Ali of the USA or aboriginalathlete Cathy Freeman. The PacifyingExchangesarea shows how sometimes inthe space of a few weeks, Olympic sportcan find solutions where politicians havefailed. The friendship between GermanLuzt Long and American Jesse Owens isthe most powerful example. The spirit ofuniversal comradeship is a reality inOlympic sport. This comes to life as theathletes parade behind their national flagsat the Olympic Games opening ceremony.In the section Giving Everyone a Facewediscover how the Games can providevisibility on the international scene to newnations and small countries such as thefledgling Estonia or East Timor. Sport isnot the answer to every problem, however.Some painful episodes, such as thehostage-taking at the 1972 Games inMunich and the conflict in the formerYugoslavia, are dealt with in the spaceentitled Carrying on Despite the DarkDays.The theme Giving Hopesheds newlight on little-known activities of theOlympic Movement in collaboration withother international organisations. Some 40 stories are set in theirhistorical and sociological context witharchive material including films, photos,newspapers and sporting equipment, aswell as interviews with the people whowere there. Above all, this exciting anddynamic exhibition is interactive.Above Lutz Long, Jesse Owens andCathy Freeman Below Mongolianathletes parade in Vancouver last year