The 1st International Symposium on International Development and Peace through Sport
To kick off the joint master’s program, the University of Tsukuba, the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya and the Japan Sport Council co-organised the 1st international symposium on the topic of International Development and Peace through Sport (IDS) on 7th December, 2013.
The symposium started with a keynote address by Dr. Branislav Antala, Chair at the International Committee of Sport Pedagoy of the International Coucil of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE). IDS research was mainly presented and discussed at the first session, and case studies of IDS reseach were presented in the second session.
In the first session, Dr. Richard Giulianotti (Loughborough University), Dr. Simon Darnell (Darham University), and Dr. Hans Hognestad (Telemark University College) presented their research on Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) including SDP initiatives in the UK, Canada and Norway.
In the second session, Dr. Oscar Mwaanga (Southampton Solent University), Ms. Honey Thaljieh (FIFA), and Mr. Taku Yamaguchi (University of Tsukuba) presented case studies in Zambia, Palestine, and Cambodia based on their experiences working in the field of IDS on the ground.
Speakers and participants had interesting discussions in the question and answer period on the topic such as the necessary elements for human resource development in SDP/IDS and how Japan should work for sport and development.
Participants who were interested in the topic of sport and international development were not only from sport related organisations, but also from development agencies and public sectors. In total, 176 people gathered to this event.