United Nations celebrates International Sport Day

Today, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that is currently wreaking havoc worldwide, the United Nations observes the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
 
The Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation (WCPSC) supports this initiative.
 
According to a statement on the United Nation’s website, sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives.
 
In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sport’s role for social progress is further acknowledged: “Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.”
 
The suspension of all sports activities outside of individuals’ isolated environment has seen a pause in competitions and training activities, but our Western Cape Sport members have remained active.
 
Some of our members have been following individualised training programmes at home, while others have been keeping active by downloaded online training programmes.
 
Administrators have been busy getting their admin up to date, while some coaches are using the break in competition as an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest in coaching techniques and advances.
 
As the WCPSC we have always put our members wellbeing first and whilst we will keep on encouraging them to keep fit and active, we emphasise the importance of doing it in such fashion that they do not endanger themselves or anybody else.
 
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.
 
The WHO also have 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.
 
In the lead up to and on 6 April, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, we are asking everyone to be active, stay healthy and demonstrate solidarity during this period of physical and social distancing. This team spirit will help us all get through the current challenges together.
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