The 2nd International Symposium on International Development and Peace through Sport
The 2nd International Symposium on the topic of International Development and Peace through Sport (IDS) was successfully organised in Tokyo on 13th December.
The National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya (NIFS), the University of Tsukuba and the Japan Sport Council co-organised the annual event again this year. The symposium consisted of two sessions focused on academic programmes /initiatives in IDS and research in IDS.
In the first session, an overview of the academic programmes and initiatives related to IDS in the UK, Germany and South Korea were presented. Examples of taught programs with policy and management perspectives as well as the programmes focusing on the principles of the Olympic Movement and Sport For All were provided. Recommendations for implementing academic programmes in IDS were raised during the question and answer period and importance of practical experience in studying IDS was also discussed.
Following the first session, the focus turned to research in IDS. Speakers presented their research including on topics such as ‘The role of sports clubs’, ‘Developing disability sport’, ‘Governance of Olympic sport organizations’, ‘Field research of an NGO’, and ‘The role of sport on developing relations between nations’. To wrap up the sessions, the discussion was opened to participants. Many questions regarding the research presented and the role of Japan in the Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games were raised.
Having speakers with diverse backgrounds from the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, the event offered a forum for active discussion with various perspectives. It also became a space to connect academics, sport organizations, development agencies, and private sector. The growing interests for sport and development in Japan and Asia was evident.