Less than one week to go! The International Olympic Committee will hold its 14th World Conference on Sport for All from 20 to 23 September 2011 in Beijing, China.
Building on the legacy of the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing has experienced a boom in physical activities for the last few years, and as such will be a vibrant meeting point for experts in this field.
Jointly organized with the Beijing Olympic City Development Association, the Conference will focus on the practical implementation of sport for all programs and will give the opportunity to sports and government representatives, athletes, UN agencies, NGOs and academics from around the world to share their experiences and expertise.
Among the high-level speakers who will attend the conference will be: IOC President Jacques Rogge, Chairman of the IOC Sport for All Commission Sam Ramsamy, IOC Medical Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist, Chairman of the UK-based International Inspiration Foundation Keith Mills, Chairman of the Beijing Olympic City Development Association Liu Qi, WHO representative Timothy Armstrong and long-distance runner and Olympic medallist Paul Tergat from Kenya.
The themes of the five plenary sessions are:
- Follow-up of the 2010 Conference on Sport for All held in Jyväskylä, Finland
- Programmes and Policies: the Practical and Theoretical Foundations of Sport for All
- Development and Promotion of Sport for All
- Health and Social Benefits of Physical Activity
- Future Directions