In two months’ time, the 14th IOC World Conference on Sport for All will kick off in Beijing (China), bringing together experts and practitioners to share their latest findings in promoting sport for everyone. This high-profile summit is organised every second year and is a key event in the calendar of the Olympic Movement, specialised NGOs, researchers, governments and UN bodies.
Registration is still open until 15 August 2011 and you can save your place at http://www.sportforall2011.org/cn/enindex.jsp
The focus of this edition will be on the practical implementation of Sport for All programmes, and high-level speakers from around the world, including IOC President Jacques Rogge, Chairman of the IOC Sport for All Commission Sam Ramsamy, IOC Medical Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist, Chairman of the UK-based International Inspiration Foundation Keith Mills, Chairman of the Beijing Olympic City Development Association Liu Qi, WHO representative Timothy Armstrong and Olympic medallist Paul Tergat, will attend to share their expertise in this field.
The programme comprises plenary sessions, panel discussions, interactive workshops, poster sessions, networking opportunities and social events, and thus leaves considerable room for fruitful exchanges.
The themes of the five plenary sessions are:
- Follow-up of the 2010 Conference on Sport for All Programmes and Policies: the Practical and Theoretical Foundations of Sport for All
- Development and Promotion of Sport for All
- Health and Social Benefits of Physical Activity
- Future Directions
A highlight will be the awarding of grants to three outstanding Sport for All projects from different continents on the first day.
Learn more about the programme here
About the organisers
Hosted by the Chinese Olympic Committee and the Beijing Municipal Government, the Conference is being jointly organised by the IOC and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association (BODA). As one of the youngest Olympic cities, Beijing has recently experienced a boom in Sport for All activities, and as such will be a vibrant meeting point for experts in this field.
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Learn more about the IOC’s Sport for All activities