News: UNESCO/TAFISA Appeal
On September, 29 2008 in the bounds of the 4th TAFISA World Sport for All Games and the 4th IOC and UNESCO Forum “Sport, Education and Culture” the UNESCO/TAFISA appeal was signed.
The appeal was signed by the representatives of the two organizations: the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (signed by Social sciences, research and policy division director Wataru Iwamoto (Japan), the Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA) (signed by TAFISA president Dr. Rhee Shang-Hi (Korea).
The document was signed in the presence of Busan mayor Nam-Sik Hur (Korea) and the head of the IOC Sport for All commission Walther Troger (Germany).
The ceremony was organized in an ancient Buddhist monastery. A number of prominent persons were invited to the ceremony: IOC members, Korean OC administration, TAFISA executive committee members and Busan city administration representatives. The Multisport Association of Russia first vice-president Alexander Kuznetsov, vice-president Sergey Eliseev and general secretary Alexey Kylasov were also among the invited.
The head of the IOC Sport for All commission Walther Troger declared that by recognizing both UNESCO and TAFISA the IOC supported the appeal.
Social sciences, research and policy bureau director Wataru Iwamoto (Japan) noticed that the aim of TAFISA Sport for All Games consisted in collecting all the information connected with traditional games and national sports in the whole world and thus in protecting intangible cultural heritage.
The president of the Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA) Dr. Rhee Sang-Hi (Korea) announced that at present about 500 traditional games and national sports from all the continents had been collected.
Busan mayor Nam-Sik Hur (Korea) emphasized that it was a great honor for him that the ceremony of signing the appeal was taking place in his city. So, Busan will be marked in the historical document.
UNESCO / TAFISA Busan Appeal
on the Promotion and Preservation of Traditional Sports and Games
4th Busan TAFISA World Sport tor All Games 2008
This appeal, in accordance with the International Charters of UNESCO and TAFISA, confirms and reinforces the importance of traditional sports and games as a vehicle for tolerance, integration, cultural awareness, solidarity, diversity and world peace.
Many traditional sports and games have disappeared or are under threat. In order to assure cultural diversity and peace, as well as the participation of all, regardless of gender, religion, ability or social background in sports and traditional games, we resolve to promote the balance of the existing diversity of elite sport, Sport for All and physical activity with traditional sports and games.
This appeal acknowledges the need for action at the international, national, regional and local level required to develop plans, strategies and investments to align traditional sports and games to the future. It is agreed that this plan should include:
• support networks that cooperate with local, regional, national and international groups
• work with academic partners and institutions to document and evaluate the role of traditional sports and games
• work toward capacity building and dissemination of programs and events at the local, regional and national level.
The supporters of the appeal proclaim their commitment to:
• preserve the cultural heritage of traditional sports and games, in partnership with cultural, educational, health, environmental and social institutions;
• transmit traditions in sport to new generations, disseminating material and cultural artifacts and experiences;
• commit to the coordination of global partnership to restore, enhance and celebrate traditional sports and games at local, regional, national and international levels;
• support the restoration of balance between modern sports and traditional sports and games;
• seek government and international organization endorsement and investment in the extension of traditional sports and games;
• sponsor, whenever possible, events that showcase the exciting world of traditional sports and games;
• promote traditional sports and games as an important mechanism for tolerance, fair play and peace.
• develop strategies aiming at preserving traditional sport and games for the promotion of health.
It is understood that the 4th Busan TAFISA World Sport for All Games 2008 exemplifies the underlying strategy and concept of this appeal. Moreover, the Games indicate the necessity for regular events that promote and develop traditional sports and games.
For the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Director of the Division of Social Sciences, Research And Policy
For the Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association
Dr. Shang-Hi Rhee
For the City of Busan, Korea,
Chairman of Organizing Committee, mayor