Judoka Cherine Abdellaoui, UN goodwill ambassador

APS - 14 September 2021

ALGIERS- Algerian judoka Cherine Abdellaoui, a gold medallist at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, was announced Tuesday in Algiers as a UN goodwill ambassador for a one-year term.

Abdellaoui received her appointment letter from His Excellency Eric Overvest, the UN Resident Coordinator in Algeria, in a ceremony held at the organization's headquarters in El Biar, Algiers.

"We have selected Cherine Abdellaoui as a Goodwill Ambassador because she perfectly embodies our values," Overvest told APS.

"She is an example to follow, in terms of courage, tolerance, perseverance and teamwork, because through her gold medal in Japan, she brought the formal proof that even with a disability, one can achieve great feats."

"We will organize various events during the year, both with associations and with the public at large, and Abdellaoui will be invited in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador," the UN resident coordinator in Algeria said.

"The decision to appoint Abdellaoui (as a UN goodwill ambassador) was taken in October 2020, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations."