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The 25th TAFISA World Congress was concluded on Saturday 18 November with a splendid Gala Dinner at the Floating Island convention center in Seoul, Korea.
What an absolute success for a TAFISA World Congress! The 500 participants coming from 90 countries brought back friendships, vibrant memories and valuable knowledge back home, as can attest some of the words heard during the Congress:
"This event was amazing, I am looking forward to Tokyo 2019!"
"I have met so many interesting people, I have used up all my name cards."
"TAFISA people are nice people"
"Amazing few days. Lots of amazing presentations, new friends and exciting future opportunities. Thank you!"

From Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th November 2017, the Congress participants attended various inspiring events, starting with the grandiose Opening Ceremony with keynote speeches from Sam Ramsamy, Chairman of the IOC's Sport and Active Society Commission and Ruth Maphorisa, co-Chair of IWG on Women in Sport. This set the tone for an exciting and innovative Congress, which included a brilliant House of Commons debate, six thematic parallel sessions, an interesting TAFISA Workshop; with participants actively contributing with questions and remarks to complement more than 50 different speakers.
The Congress was also the occasion for TAFISA Vice-President Catherine Forde to introduce TAFISA's new strategy "Mission 2030: For a Better World Through Sport for All" to the audience, a resource meant to be used by the global Sport for All Movement and all those who want to make a difference during the next decade.

"Mission 2030" was then officially approved by the TAFISA General Assembly, which was the theater of major decision-making with the approval of TAFISA's revision of statutes and new bylaws - an effort taken for good governance and transparency - but also the choosing of Ljubljana, Slovenia, as the host for the 27th TAFISA World Congress 2021, and the election of a new Board of Directors.

Last, the 25th TAFISA World Congress was an impressive cultural event, as many performances set a warm and lively atmosphere. The participants thus had the pleasure to enjoy Korean culture, from dance performances with traditional attire and music to Taekwondo demonstrations to the sounds of modern K-Pop. Besides Korean culture, the participants also appreciated Gerlev Academy's Parkour team showing their flexibility and balance, and the Zurkhaneh athletes displaying strength and dexterity.
TAFISA would like to congratulate the Organising Committee and Sport for All Korea Association (SAKA) for their flawless organisation and hosting of a historic Congress, setting the bar very high for the Congresses to come. Our thanks are also extended to all TAFISA members, supporters and friends who joined this global Sport for All event and we hope to see you all in Tokyo, Japan for the 26th TAFISA World Congress 2019!

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TAFISA, the Gerlev Sports Academy (Denmark), Sport Fryslan (Netherlands), the University School of Physical Education Poznan (Poland), the Flemish Traditional Sports Federation (Belgium), the Italian Traditional Sports and Games Federation and the Municipality of Kavala (Greece) are proud to announce the launch of the European Platform for Traditional Sports and Games (TSG), which stands for safeguarding and promoting TSG, the European intangible cultural heritage, and capitalising on their potential to stimulate HEPA, social inclusion, education and a common European identity across unique, diverse cultures.

On December 6th, 2017, at a conference hosted by MEP Seán Kelly at the European Parliament, the partners kicked-off the Platform’s works, which are the result of a 1-year project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

High level speakers were gathered for this special event as MEP Seán Kelly underlined the importance to safeguard TSG for the European cultural diversity, and Maria-Luisa Fernandez Esteban, Deputy Head of the European Commission’s Sport Unit, highlighted the commitment of the Commission to promote TSG. UNESCO’s Jonathan Lorcher-Beaudran announced UNESCO’s strategy to elaborate policy guidelines on TSG, develop an online world sports encyclopaedia and establish an International Platform on TSG.

A main result of the project unveiled by TAFISA Secretary General Wolfgang Baumann is the publication of a State of Play of European Traditional Sports and Games, which for the first time provides a full picture on what is their situation from a policy, practice and research point of view, including a directory of international and European policy papers, a directory of organisations working with TSG, a set of good practices, and a European TSG bibliography. All resources are available at www.tsgplatform.org
The conference was also the opportunity for Anne Jochum de Vries, Director of Sport Fryslan and head of the 1st TAFISA European Sport for All Games (3-7 August 2018), to invite European countries participate in the event. The European Platform for TSG’s mission, to serve as a European resource hub that stimulates the sharing of TSG policy, knowledge and practice, ultimately increasing the number of institutions and individuals involved in TSG, will ultimately contribute to our long-term vision: a united Europe eternally rich and diverse in TSG. Contributions are welcome. For more information on the platform’s objectives and activities, please visit www.tsgplatform.org or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. TAFISA and its project partners thank MEP Seán Kelly for its on-going support and patronage.

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TAFISA GAMES IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA FROM 7 - 9 OCTOBER 2016. sanctioned by: WBPF in collaboration with PABBSI. Organised by Jakarta TAFISA Games (JATGOC). Invitation Letter, Entry Form and Hand Book

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