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Special Adviser on Sport visits Peru on "Sport for All" themed misson

26 April 2013
Special Adviser Lemke visits the Fútbol de Valores streetfootball programme in Lima. Photo: © UNOSDP

Lima, Peru (UNOSDP) — From 24 to 26 April, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, visited Peru, where he was one the keynote speakers during the 1st plenary session of the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All.

“Sport is part of education,” Mr. Lemke told delegates during Thursday’s plenary session on "Social Benefits" in Lima. He urged policy-makers to include sport and physical education as early as possible in public curricula, starting at kindergarten: “You can bring these positive feelings to children when they are very young. They will love their sports. Do it as soon as possible. And, of course, you have to follow that at school.”

Stressing the need for mandatory sport and physical education in schools he added “that many countries around the world don’t have physical education at school. For Europeans, that is normally not understandable because we fight for more physical education lessons at school, but wherever I go, I see a lack of physical education for our children.”

The day before his keynote address, Mr. Lemke, together with the UNICEF Representative in Peru, Mr. Paul Martin, visited a streetfootball programme in a public comprehensive school a Lima. The programme entitled “Fútbol de Valores” is implemented by the NGO CEDEC (Centro de Educación y Desarrollo Comunitario) and uses football to promote social inclusion, gender equality and conflict resolution and mediation skills of the participating youngsters that come from difficult socio-economic backgrounds.

Mr. Lemke saw a football match with adolescents and used the opportunity to talk to the students thereafter, exchanging experiences and views. The visit was joined by Mr. Teófilo Cubillas, former Peruvian soccer player, considered one of history’s best South American players, as well as Mr. Oscar Ibañez, former soccer player and current coach of goalkeepers of Peru’s National Team.

The Special Adviser also visited, alongside the President of the Peruvian Sports Institute, Mr. Francesco Boza, the Chair of the IOC’s Sport for All Commission, Mr. Sam Ramsamy, and other delegates the government-led Sport for All facility “Complejo Deportivo Andrés Avelino Cáceres” in Villa Maria del Triunfo, a disadvantaged neighborhood of Lima.  Mr. Lemke praised the comprehensiveness and size of the facility that reaches approximately 17,000 individuals of all ages per year, who enjoy sports such as football, volleyball and swimming at no charge. It also serves as a central sporting hub for the surrounding schools.

In addition, Mr. Lemke held bilateral meetings with a number of stakeholders such as UN Resident Coordinator in Peru, Ms. Rebeca Arias, and many participants of the Conference, in order to discuss and strengthen cooperation, such as for the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme.

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