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Dream Together Masters alumni attend intensive sports management course

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Dream Together Masters alumni attend intensive sports management course

The Dream Together Seoul Forum 2019 recognised exemplary practices of sport and development and was a learning opportunity for all that attended.

A few months ago, Korea Sports Promotion Foundation (KSPO) organised a best practices in sports award in which Dream Together Masters (DTM) alumni participated from around the world. The nominees were invited to Seoul, South Korea with their seniors from nine different countries across Asia, Africa and South America for an intensive sports management course from 13-26 November 2019. I attended the course with Malik Umer Farooq, adviser to chief minister Punjab, Pakistan on youth affairs and sport.

The course was full of learning, exposure to the Korean sports industry and experience in Korean culture. It was held at the Korean Sports Academy Olympic Parktel Hotel and well-known professors from Korean universities and researchers from KSPO came to teach us.   

The course finished with the Dream Together Forum Seoul 2019 held on 26 November 2019 at JW Marriot Hotel Seoul, South Korea. It was the annual forum of the DTM programme, and this year it had the theme ‘Sports value and diffusion’. The forum was hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and organised by KSPO. I was honoured to receive the ‘Best Sports Practices Award 2019’ by the chairman of KSPO.

Jao-kee Chao, chairman of KSPO and professor Joon-ho Kang, director of DTM, shared opening remarks and welcomed all participants. Other prominent speakers were emeritus professor Ian Paul Henry from Loughborough University, Junghwa Pyo, director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dongju Choi, professor at Sookmyung Women’s University, Niki Koutrou, programme director at the University of Kent and Jungnam Kim, director at PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation. The forum was concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Jiae Sohn, professor at Ewha Women’s University.

Emeritus professor Ian Henry spoke on ‘Evaluating the case for the promotion of social values through sport’; Junghwa Pyo talked about ‘Sports diplomacy and public diplomacy’; Dongju Choi gave a presentation on ‘Sport and international cooperation’; Niki Koutrou spoke about ‘The interplay of volunteer values, circumstances and experiences in promoting a sustainable volunteering legacy: learning from London 2012 games’ and Jungnam Kim highlighted ‘Sustainable PyeongChang Olympic legacy: Introduction to the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation’.

Four students from the KSPO intensive course got an opportunity to speak at the Forum and providentially, I was one of them. My topic was ‘Prevention of violent extremism in Pakistan through team-based sports interventions among youth in Pakistan’. The other three DTM alumni were Tara Talitha from Indonesia, Ehsan Abdullah from Palestine and Mauricio Hernandez from Columbia.   

I was honoured a second time with an award as previously I was honoured in 2017 with a ‘Best Thesis Award’ by Seoul National University. I enjoyed the Korean cultural experience including sports facilities, food and traditions. The course taught me new things and made me think about how I can use Korean practices in my country to develop the sports industry. In addition, the examples of the Seoul 1988 Olympics and the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 are essential to be considered by developing countries if they are interested to change their countries through sport.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 11:01

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