Global Conference on Traditional Physical Cultures, Sports and Games
Traditional sports and games are part of intangible heritage and a symbol of the cultural diversity of our societies. Traditional sports and games (TSG) can form the backbone of a community, and UNESCO is driven to protect and promote these sports to further community spirit, bring peoples together and instill a sense of pride in a society’s cultural roots. They are also an efficient means to convey values of solidarity, diversity, inclusiveness and cultural awareness.
UNESCO works to preserve, promote and develop traditional sports and games, and to ensure that they form an integral part of national and development strategies to enhance its end-goal of sport for peace and development. Moreover, traditional games and sports reflect on different cultural expressions, and create a bridge between cultures for a better mutual comprehension.
In January 2013 in India, Shree Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal, a voluntary social institution, is organizing The Global Conference on Traditional Physical Cultures, Sports and Games, to propagate values of India’s traditional physical culture and sports and to popularize and strengthen “Sports for All” movement globally. This conference is organized in Amravati, Maharashtra, from 15 to 17 January 2013, with support of UNESCO. The aim of this conference is to provide an international platform to different countries for exchanging talent, research and development to promote India’s traditional physical culture & sports including Yoga at a global level. The conference intends to honor traditional sports and games, an important theme of UNESCO, and to provide a global opportunity for exchange of talent, research and further development. There will be approximately 2000 participants who will be participating in the event. The expected target audience will consist of development actors, educators, teachers, trainers, youth, students and specialized media. The conference will also exhibit literature and photographs depicting traditional form of sports and physical exercises.
A host of other partners supporting this event are The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA), The International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), The International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES), International Traditional Sport and Games Association(ITSGA), International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), Fédération Internationale D´Éducation Physique (Fiep), National Association of Physical Education and Sports (NAEPS), South Central Zone Cultural, Nagpur; Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati; Rashtriya Sant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur; Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Nagpur.
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