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23 Oct 2006
IOC News , Sport for All

World Sport for All Congress in Havana

The 11th edition of the World Sport for All Congress is being held for the first time in Havana (Cuba) from 31 October to 3 November 2006.
Organised by the Cuban National Olympic Committee and placed under IOC patronage, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), this Congress will bring together experts from the entire world to discuss a major issue: “Physical Activity: Benefits and Challenges”. IOC President Jacques Rogge will attend the opening ceremony on 1 November at the Havana International Convention Center.
Physical activity essential for all
In his welcome message, the IOC President recalls that “physical activity is essential to ensuring a healthy body and healthy mind for everyone, and is more than ever an integral part of our societies. Statistics show that 60 per cent of the world’s population has no physical activity. The same statistics reveal that barely a third of the world’s young people have a healthy lifestyle.” For President Rogge, “it is thanks to congresses like these that progress can be made. We need the will to move forward, and concrete proposals to implement quickly”.
Social and sporting programme
Between two plenary sessions, the participants can enjoy a social and sporting programme devised by the Congress Organising Committee. This programme will enable them to visit various sports facilities, such as the Cuban sports university, the international school of physical education and the anti-doping centre. They will also have the opportunity to attend a “Sport for All” gymnastics festival and a cultural gala based on Cuban music.

Five main themes Five main themes will be addressed during the Congress:
- Health benefits and risks of Physical Activity, or Sport for All programmes.
- Modern ageing and specific population groups (people with a disability, people living in poverty, etc.): a challenge for Sport for All.
- Meeting developing countries' specific needs in Sport for All.
- Sport for All as recreation and as a form of social experience and cultural expression.
- Designing strategies and directions for Sport for All.  
1 November 2006
 11th World Sport for All Congress opens in Havana
 Official website
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