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One Team United for Peace and Development Society is proud to announce that the Tibet Women’s Soccer Team will compete at the 2017 Vancouver International Soccer Festival (VISF) as special guests and Ambassadors of Peace. This is the first tibetan women's team of any sport to compete internationally.

The Canadian Embassy in New Delhi, India has granted the team travel visas to Vancouver, Canada for the 13th annual festival, June 30th to July 12th. The team of 15 young Tibetan women welcomed the successful invitation following the February 24th disappointment when they were denied tourist visas by the US Embassy in New Delhi to attend the prestigious Dallas Cup in Texas.

After a video of the young athletes reading a letter in front of the Embassy asking for help went viral, politicians, athletes, attorneys and human rights advocates around the world reached out to the team urging for a reversal of the decision. The story appeared in BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Times of India, NBC Sports, ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, and many more. However, the decision to deny entry remained firm.

"At Vancouver’s One Team United for Peace and Development Society and the VISF, we believe that soccer has an incredible power which can be used to build bridges between cultures, strengthen communities, create long-lasting friendships and bring our global community closer together," says Adri Hamael, Founder & Executive Director of the society and its showcase VISF event. “Our invitation to the Tibet Women’s Soccer Team is extended in the spirit of this mandate. I am deeply touched by the team’s inspiring story. As a father of a little girl, for me it is about affording girls and women the opportunity to compete and be treated as equals."

The Tibet team will be co- sponsored by the VISF 2017 and One Team Society. In addition to competing in the VISF 2017, July 7-9, the team will participate in friendly matches with local soccer teams and will be invited to enjoy the many cultural and sightseeing opportunities Vancouver has to offer.

During the team’s stay in Vancouver, they will be working with Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame inductee Andrea Neil. A pioneer of women’s soccer in Canada, Neil spent 20 years with the National Team as a player and assistant-coach. Currently Andrea works in the Vancouver area with former Men’s National Team player Nick Dasovic at Dasovic-Neil Coaching, where they provide individualized soccer programming and training to elite athletes.

Call for action:
We are currently fundraising to fly the team to Canada. Please, support us by making a donation to One Team United Soccer Society or to Tibet Women’s Soccer at 100% of donations will be directed to pay for costs of the team’s travel and living expenses in Vancouver.

Press inquiries and interviews are welcome:
Canada: Founder & Executive Director Of One Team and VISF, Adri Hamael at Further information can be found at
India and USA: Executive Director, Cassie Childers at
Further information is at and at

News links to this story:
USA Today
FOX News
NBC News
The Guardian


At One Team we believe that soccer has an incredible power, which can be used to make this world a better place. Use this powerful platform to promote peace, equality, health, and education for everyone. Make the game better, take it to the world, and you will be fostering a better world.

Through our annual international soccer tournament, and a variety of partner-supported grassroots soccer programs and projects, One Team works to promote global peace and social change, particularly in communities around the world affected by war, poverty, and gender inequality.

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