A press conference summing up the results of the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) was held today in Kazan.
Present at the press conference were UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Nada Al-Nashif, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation and President of MINEPS, Pavel Kolobkov, and Gert C. Oosthuizen, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS).
“I’d like to express my gratitude to all members of this big family with whom we have discussed the values of sport,” said Nada Al-Nashif. “I’m sincerely grateful to participants and organisers of MINEPS; all delegates have shared their experience and best practices with us. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the political, technical and financial support that the Government of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Sport and Tatarstan President provided to us. MINEPS has never been held under such excellent conditions before.”
“Any investments in sport pay off through infrastructure development, development of human potential and acquisition of new skills, and the fact that we host the conference demonstrates this perfectly. As early as in 2000, our government chose the strategy of developing sport by means of hosting major international sporting events in Tatarstan. Thanks to this, we now have new sports infrastructure, new job positions, new schools, and the number of people engaged in sports activities has increased. Besides, sports results and the number of athletes has also grown. In the past twelve years, the city has changed dramatically, and it is all due to sport’s impact. Practically all events that we host in Russia are always evaluated in terms of the legacy they can leave afterwards. It is very important,” Pavel Kolobkov stated.
“I hope that such conferences as MINEPS VI and discussions of all these questions are aimed at ensuring that sport will not be mixed with politics and will become the tool that unites nations and makes our lives better,” the minister said. “I enjoyed the atmosphere reigning during the sessions; it gave rise to really interesting and productive disputes. We addressed such themes as protecting the integrity of sport not as problems, but as challenges that we can tackle through joint efforts.”
As it was mentioned at the press conference, the Kazan Action Plan was unanimously adopted by the delegates. This Plan focuses on three themes: measures to promote wider access to sport for population, increase of sport's significance worldwide, as well as protection and propaganda of the integrity of sport.
Earlier at the conference Pavel Kolobkov noted that Russia intends to actively put the Kazan Action Plan into practice and to support UNESCO as a coordinating organisation for promoting and monitoring the final outcome document of the MINEPS VI conference.
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