“Sport has the power to unite people in a way little else can. Sport can create hope where there was once only despair. It breaks down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of discrimination. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand.”
– Nelson Mandela
Sport, by its very nature is focussed around participation and inclusion that brings individuals and communities together, and emphasises on their commonalities. It provides a forum to learn skills such as discipline, confidence and leadership and it instils the core principles such as tolerance, cooperation and respect. On 6th April 2014, the world will celebrate the first International Day of Sports for Development and Peace as proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Its viewed as a world language, that shares a common denominator breaking down all the walls, all the barriers. Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, advocates for sport as a worldwide industry that is a powerful tool for progress and development.
Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. is proud to support the resolution. Sport is an important component for the holistic development of youth, promoting their physical, mental and emotional well being. It is also helps build social connections and promotes world peace and harmony. Sport teaches the value of effort and how to manage victory, as well as defeat. It is also about bridging the cultural and ethnic divides.
The main premise of sport make it an important and practical tool to support the achievements of MDGs (Millennium Development Goals). Sport has a direct impact on health and considerably reduces the likelihood of many diseases. Utilizing sports as a tool for social mobilisation and advocacy has been established. It has played a significant role during immunization campaigns and HIV/AIDs education workshops as a tool for awareness generation. In the last two decades it has evolved as a significant economic force, providing employment and contributing to local development. Sport has a unique capacity to draw attention which in turn furthers voluntary involvement.
Sport can cut across barriers (both geographically and socially) that divide societies, making it a powerful tool to support conflict prevention and peace building efforts, It has been utilised in countries like Liberia, South Korea, South Africa etc and has worked well in promoting social and global integration and fostering tolerance. Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. includes sport as one of the tools in its programmes for mobilizing and sensitizing communities on various programmes.
By: Kumar Anshuman
Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt.Ltd