FIVB President at IOC World Conference on Sport for All
The Conference, which started on Wednesday, brought together over 500 leading experts in the field of Sport for All from almost 90 countries, including FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° who is a member of the IOC Sport for All Commission, to share their best practices on a wide range of activities.
“There was a great attendance from around the world with extremely knowledgeable people,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “And the active participation of all attendees meant a great deal was shared and learned at this Conference.”
The themes of the Conference were the social benefits of sports and physical activity, the importance of the availability of sports facilities and public spaces and the cultivation of partnerships. Formatted on a practical approach, the Conference encouraged participants to experience and learn from actual programmes with site visits to Sport for All initiatives throughout the city of Lima. A series of practical sessions which focused on those conditions that are necessary for successful programmes and the challenges surrounding community engagement were also on offer
“A lot of exchange took place,” said IOC Sport for All Commission Chairman Sam Ramsamy at the Conference closing. “This Conference had the aim and ambition to match research with experience on the field of play. The reality of Sport for All is practise.”
Pledge to Action
The closing session also saw a participant share his or her tangible outcomes on one of the three themes of the conference and reveal a pledge for the future. “Concrete takeaways and a pledge to action in the future were what we were aiming for here in Lima,” said Ramsamy.
The next IOC World Conference on Sport for All will be held in 2015.