How sport can help in the process of youth development through Olympism and its values

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Perhaps the greatest wealth a nation can possess is its youth and it is incredibly crucial how to use that wealth carefully and shape young people into lively and brilliant individuals who will be able to lead the way. a better future. Identifying sport as the most powerful tool and the values ​​of Olympism as an integral part, the Abhinav Bindra Foundation (ABF) through its webinar, the fourth in the ongoing series “Olympism and its values” has deliberated on how sport can be used as a tool to promote the development of young people.

The fourth webinar, titled “Sport for Youth Development: Values ​​| Skills | Means of subsistence | Growth ‘saw esteemed panelists from different corners of the world come together and rack their brains and show the light to a brighter future where sport can be used to bring change in young people. Moderated with great insight by Arka Bhattacharya, Director of External Relations at GITAM University, the webinar saw a keynote address by Dr Stephan Wassong, IOC Olympic Education Commission member, Executive and Academic Director of Studies Olympic. Center of the German Sports University in Cologne.

The opening speech was then followed by a lively panel discussion on the various challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, especially in the context of a country like India. Starring Dr Ben Sanders, senior consultant at the International Platform on Sport and Development and someone with experience of working with organizations like FIFA, the Commonwealth and the United Nations, the session also gathered Hilla Davidov, a doctorate. candidate for the Olympic studies program at the University of Cologne, CEO of the International Catchball Federation and key member of the Pierre de Coubertin International Committee alongside Ravi Nayse, vice-president of the Skill & Entrepreneurship Development Institute (SEDI), a Ambuja Cements Foundation’s initiative aimed to train young people in rural India, enabling them to obtain well-paying jobs in reputable companies.

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In all fairness, the period of adolescence and the great period of youth is largely a turbulent time which is often peppered with a series of distractions that can hamper the overall development of an individual. Pierre de Coubertin had underlined to what extent the Olympic athlete is the ideal model and the key values ​​of Olympism which advocates Excellence, Friendship and Respect must work in tandem to create this perfect individual who will know how to lead.

In fact, Coubertin believed that the Olympics served as a rite of passage for a young person to instill some of the best moral and social values ​​in life through sport and in doing so transform into a mature and socially responsible individual. . In his opening speech, Dr Stephan Wassong explained in detail how this thought process works and pointed out that through sport and physical activity, the demand is to create that responsible individual who can easily play a role. constructive in the social fabric.

Dr Wassong insisted that Olympism is not a panacea – the alpha and omega of all the world’s problems, but rather how imbibing the values ​​established by Olympism can help solve problems in the future. Olympism must be given a realistic chance and for that, a lot of awareness must be created and this is through the help of the creation of a supportive environment nurtured by the IOC, the various study programs, training programs, foundations like the Abhinav Bindra Foundation that Olympism and its values ​​can be transmitted to create individuals who can impact socially and above all, in a positive way.

By keeping young people engaged in physical activities and presenting them as valued individuals, they will also be able to combat the myriad perilous distractions that plague their lives with a different perspective.

Youth is not only the future, it is also the present


The esteemed panelists as well as the keynote speaker, Dr Wassong, the moderator, Arka Bhattacharya and Amit Malik

The esteemed panelists as well as the keynote speaker, Dr Wassong, the moderator, Arka Bhattacharya and Amit Malik

With the opening speech setting the appropriate tone for the discussion that followed, the esteemed guests engaged in a fruitful discussion of how sport can be used meaningfully and used to usher in change. All the panelists – Dr Ben Sanders, Hilla Davidov and Ravi Nayse unanimously agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a sea change in sports development programs as we know them and several organizations fear for their survival in the current context.

However, the IOC as well as the Olympic Values ​​Education Program (OVEP) and other building blocks of this framework of Olympism have also shown how, even in this pandemic-stricken world, the inculcation of values ​​of Olympism should be made compulsory by including ideology as both a theoretical and a practical approach.

While most limit themselves to saying that young people are the future of a nation, in reality they are also the present and for their development to take place they must play a functional role in its implementation and remain involved in it. the entire development project. cycle. The panelists emphasized the need for physical education to help young people meet the challenges of daily life.

Ravi Nayse, who has been involved in many works involving the young and urban workforce, even dropouts, mentioned that sport and the values ​​of Olympism are the most reliable ways to involve people in a more practice-oriented lifestyle and make them better individuals.

As highlighted in the keynote address and elaborated later during the roundtable, Olympism and its values ​​are also excellent means of acquiring life skills and which play a crucial role in the training of individuals who, at in turn, form the backbone of a healthy, healthy, mature and responsible community. Sport – with its various aspects, both physical and mental, can be an excellent tool for bringing about social change and transforming society – the emphasis here is on participation rather than competition, which will help the process. training of individuals anchored in Olympism. values ​​and who can make a difference in the future. And what better place and who better to start than young people?

[The Bridge, which is a dedicated platform for the regular coverage of Olympic sports, is the exclusive media partner of the Abhinav Bindra Foundation whose philosophy twins with promoting the Olympic spirit among people and encouraging the growth of the nation through sports.]

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