Tuesday, April 5, 2022

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Sport has the power to change the world; it is a fundamental right, a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and promote sustainable development and peace and well as solidarity, and respect. Through our unique individual skills and collective power, we can come together and share creative ways to improve our health and well-being through sport and physical activity - even from the confines of our own homes.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April presents an opportunity to recognize the role that sport and physical activity plays in communities and in people’s lives across the world.

The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both. WHO also has some tips on how to achieve this with no equipment and with limited space. There is an abundance of free and accessible online and digital tools targeted at encouraging people of all ages and abilities to stay active and mobile while remaining at home.

Sport as a universal language can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance, and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures, and religions.

Sports Encourages:

1. Individual development
2. Health promotion and disease prevention
3. The promotion of gender equality
4. Social integration and the development of social capital
5. Peace-building and conflict prevention/resolution
6. Post-disaster/trauma relief and normalization of life
7. Economic development
8. Communication and social mobilization

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