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16 Jun 2010
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Participants move at the World Sport for All Congress

Promoting sport for everyone is not only being discussed in theory at the 13th World Sport for All Congress which is currently taking place in Jyväskylä, Finland. Tatsuo Araki from the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) got his listeners moving when he presented how to integrate gymnastics into the workplace and the resulting overall sense of well-being for employees.

© Miia Malvela from Fit for Life Program

By animating the audience on the spot, Araki made the point that gymnastics can be practised by everybody everywhere. The more than 500 Congress participants started stretching their bodies and moving their arms and legs. In Araki’s home-country, Japan, school children as well as retired people are enthusiastic gymnasts who join in popular morning gymnastics sessions.

According to Araki, who is also FIG Gymnastics for All President and Professor of the Physical Education Human Performance Laboratory of the Nippon Sport Science University of Tokyo, Sport for All is about moving in any place, enjoying it and feeling immediately better.

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