International conference on sports and development
An international conference on sports as a tool for sustainable
development was held in Amsterdam on 13 and 14 November.
The objective of the conference was to bring together those who
are involved in sports projects in developing countries. The participants
exchanged know-how and experience in a series of workshops.
There was also a debate on the subject of sports as an instrument
for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The participants
in this round-table discussion included the Dutch Crown Prince
Willem-Alexander, special advisor to Kofi Annan with reference
to sports and development Adolf
Ogi, former world champion speed
skating Johan Olav Koss, who now heads Right to Play, and Robert
Bayiagamba, Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports in Rwanda.
The symposium was organised by the National Committee For Sustainable
Development, the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports,
the Netherlands Olympic Committee and the Netherlands Sports Federation.
Immediately following the conference the Prince Claus Fund gave
a reception honouring the presence of Peter Serry and Bob Munro,
the director and the founder of
Mathare Youth Sports Association in Kenya. This organisation
is one of the ten recipients of the Prince Claus prizes 2003, each
of which consists of an award of € 25,000.00.