Didier Drogba has been named as one of the new Champions for Peace ©Peace and Sport

Peace and Sport has unveiled a host of new Champions for Peace, including Didier Drogba, who will "help to spread the organisation's vision across the world".

Current Champions for Peace include triple Olympic champion and President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee Tony Estanguet, four-time winner of the Tour de France Chris Froome and former world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic.

Peace and Sport's newest recruits, revealed before the organisation's tenth International Forum in December, include Drogba, the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast football team.

The 39-year-old won four Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea and now plays for American outfit Phoenix Rising in the United Soccer League.

Joining him are the captains of the men's and women's French basketball teams, Florent Pietrus and Isabelle Yacoubou.

Sarah Ourahmoune of France, who won boxing silver at Rio 2016, joins the list as well as French sambo champion Laure Fournier and two-time world taekwondo champion Daba Modibo Keita of Mali.

Hungary's eight-time kickboxing world champion Zsolt Moradi has also joined the ranks alongside Tahl Leibovitz, the United States' Para-table tennis Paralympic gold medallist, and Adrien Mare of Monaco, a motorsport competitor.

"The Champions for Peace have become an incredibly important part of our mission to promote the peace-through-sport movement, and I am ecstatic to welcome so many new faces to our family," said Peace and Sport President Joel Bouzou.

"These athletes will help to spread our message even further than ever before.

"As we celebrate our tenth year in existence, it is very special to be able to add such talent to our ambassador base."

French boxer Sarah Ourahmoune has also been named as a Champion for Peace ©Getty Images
French boxer Sarah Ourahmoune has also been named as a Champion for Peace ©Getty Images

It is claimed all of the new recruits have "demonstrated their belief in the power of sport for change throughout their career", engaging in community-led projects and using their position as athletes to inspire future generations.

Together, the new Champions are expected to bring energy and enthusiasm to the cause and will help Peace and Sport enact "great change".

The Champions will begin working immediately, speaking around the world and engaging in a host of field projects.

On top of this, the ambassadors will begin to host "sport workshops" aimed at inspiring those in poverty to improve their socio-economic situation through sport.

"Experience has taught me that I can use my voice to bring about change and that I can be an example for others," said Drogba.

"I take my role of ambassador very seriously and I hope that it will give me new opportunities to speak about problems that affect my country and my continent, which are so close to my heart."

He created a foundation in 2007, donating all his commercial income to improving access to health and education.