POSTED: August 24th 2009

World Kids' declaration matches up with Tokyo 2016 vision

Jacques Rogge: welcome message /
Jacques Rogge: welcome message /

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communciations

TOKYO: Young people from across the planet have gathered for the World Kids’ Sports Summit near Tokyo, as Japan's 2016 Olympic bid city underlined its commitment to help youngsters find a brighter future through sport.

A welcome message from Dr Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, was awaiting the 900 participants in the Yokohama event. The Yokohama event was created as a forum to promote friendship, peace and a happier future for all through sport.

Internet conferences were launched in June to prepare a unified message to share with the world at the end of the Summit. The result was the World Kids’ Sports Yokohama Declaration:

We on earth will confront environmental issues by respecting others and cooperating with friends through sport.

We will cultivate healthy bodies and minds through sport to lead vigorous lives.

We will develop friendship through sport by understanding each other’s culture to build a peaceful world.

We will continue our efforts and challenges in everything with a smile and confidence to convey the importance of efforts and challenges to all the people around the world through sport.

We will follow the rules and do our best in games to spread the spirit of fair play across the world.

Chiharu Igaya (vice-president of the IOC and executive board member of Tokyo 2016) and Tsunekazu Takeda (president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and vice-president of Tokyo 2016) were both impressed at how the declaration matched the Tokyo bid’s ideals.

Positive action

Dr Ichiro Kono, chair and ceo of Tokyo 2016, said: “It is an inspiration to see young people from around the world take the initiative to encourage positive action through sport.

"One of the clear commitments of Tokyo's bid is to see an increase in the numbers of people enjoying sport globally, in partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

"If we win the right to host the 2016 Games, we will connect youth worldwide with sport through the most comprehensive youth outreach programme ever seen.

"At the same time, by setting the best possible stage for athletes they will become global heroes in Tokyo, and a source of inspiration for young athletes and sports enthusiasts everywhere.”

Keywords · Tokyo 2016 · IOC · Rogge · 2016 Olympic Games · Yokohama · World Kids Sports Summit

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