Rio 2016 presented Brazil’s School Olympics project to more than 600 people at the world conference on “Sport for All” held this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The School Olympics is a partnership between the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and the Ministry of Sport, a major initiative to promote sport in Brazil.
According to a Rio 2016 press release, the presentation “School Olympics – the Olympic future of Brazil goes through Olympic transformation”, which was enthusiastically received, was given by Edgar Hubner, director general of the School Olympics and general manager for events at COB, along with Patricia Kowalewski, COB’s events supervisor.
Mario Cilenti, Rio 2016’s international relations director and Christiane Paquelet, director of COB’s education and culture department also attended the conference.
Hubner said the School Olympics help advance the Olympic Movement’s goals of social inclusion. “It is a great honour to be able to share positive experiences with representatives of other countries. The School Olympics is a very successful Brazilian initiative. Education is also a goal, with support for physical education teachers and social and cultural activities. In addition the project is linked to the Rio 2016 bid,” he said.
The conference takes place every two years and is supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This year’s theme is “Sport for All – for life”. At the opening of the conference IOC President Jacques Rogge relayed a message noting the initiative to create the Youth Olympic Games, which takes place for the first time in 2010. He said, “this global conference reinforces our responsibility as representatives of the Olympic Movement to make sport an essential element to the well-being of people and society”.
Rio 2016 officials exchanged ideas on plans for education, culture and social integration. Mario Cilenti said, “this event is a great opportunity to learn. Education and culture are important themes in the Rio 2016 bid, and the success of our presentation on the School Olympics shows that Brazil is on the right track”.