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Registration opens for the 14th World Conference on Sport for All

Sign up now for the 14th World Conference on Sport for All, which will take place in Beijing (China) from 20 to 23 September 2011. 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, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke, Deputy Mayor of Beijing and Vice-Chairman of the Beijing Olympic City Development Association Liu Jingmin, Ambassador for Beijing’s bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games Jackie Chan, Chairman of the UK-based International Inspiration Foundation Keith Mills, SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen, WHO representative Timothy Armstrong and Olympic medallist Paul Tergat, will attend to share their expertise in this field.

In regard to Beijing as host of this Sport for All summit, Jacques Rogge said: “The location of this Conference in Beijing Olympic Park is highly appropriate. The Olympic Games left a fantastic sporting legacy, with a number of iconic venues and a major increase in sports participation, especially amongst the younger generations.”

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The event will also look at academic studies on the cultural importance and health benefits of physical activity. The format of the Conference will see emphasis placed upon the sharing of knowledge and the exchange of best practices, including workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities for the participants.

In particular, discussions will centre on the following themes:

• Follow-up of the 2010 World Conference on Sport for All;
• Health and social benefits of physical activity;
• Programmes and policies: the practical and theoretical foundations of Sport for All;
• Development and promotion of Sport for All, in particular the roles of different stakeholders; and
• Future directions.

The attendees will have the opportunity to hear case study presentations in which presenters will share their secrets on the successful implementation of Sport for All programmes. Furthermore, the Conference will provide participants with the opportunity to meet the experts and leaders of the global Sport for All movement, with specific times set aside for networking and communication. The academic content of the Conference will be supplemented by a number of sporting and social events, such as traditional Chinese morning exercises and Olympic venue tours.

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