THE VIII WORLD SPORT FOR ALL CONGRESS TO TAKE PLACE IN QUEBEC FROM 18TH TO 21ST MAY 2000
Lausanne, 9 February 2000 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the VIII World Sport for All Congress will take place in Quebec, Canada, from 18th to 21st May 2000, on the theme "Sport for All and Governmental Policies." The project coordinators are the Sports Internationaux de Québec and the Canadian Olympic Association. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) are the Congress partners. The IOC will provide patronage for the event.
A meeting place to share ideas and experiences gained in increasing access to sport for all peoples, the Congress has enjoyed IOC support since 1986. In all, more than 30 experts and professionals will report on the progress made and difficulties encountered across the globe in applying programs and policies to encourage sports practice. Among them, IOC members such as Charmaine Crooks, Guy Drut and Jacques Rogge will address a variety of subjects such as “The Development of Sport for All Through Supranational Structures” and “Sport for All: From Youth to Elite Development.”
“It is essential to develop access to physical activity and sport, so that everyone can benefit physically, psychologically and socially,” said the IOC President.
In 1983, the IOC set up the Sport for All Working Group to help make it possible for all people to realize the physical and mental benefits derived from sport. Along with coordinating these Congresses, the Sport for All Commission’s main aim is to encourage the practice of Sport for All, particularly in developing countries, through the International Sports Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and other national and international sports organizations.
For more program information, visit the Congress website.