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Happy International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2020!

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Happy International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2020!

How sport can be a source of inspiration and solidarity this 6 April.

By now the sport and development community is feeling the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in all corners of the globe. Whether it’s concern for the health and safety of ourselves or our loved ones, economic and social challenges, the inability to conduct programmes as normal, or wondering how our communities will rebound in the coming months, it’s clear that this is not a normal 6 April.

However this can also be a moment to show how the sport and development community is stepping up to the plate to show solidarity with affected people, health workers and communities all around the world. Sport can continue to bring us together, even if that means staying physically apart

While it may not be possible to hold events in person, this is a great opportunity to get creative and come up with new ways to share your messages of solidarity and peace, and connect with the global sports community.

As Eli Wolff and Mary Hums recently wrote for sportanddev:

Sport has prepared us for this. The lessons of sport, the experience of sport. Everything about sport reinforces the important value of solidarity, and it is more important than ever that we take this lesson and apply it to our current reality. Solidarity means unity, resilience, courage, kindness and respect.

How have you, your organisation or your community marked the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace this year? Whatever your situation, location or resources, we would love to hear from you! Let the world know what sport for development and peace means for you, and remember to include #Sport4Solidarity in any social media posts.

If you are still looking for ideas, Peace and Sport has a page of resources, including the #WhiteCard social media campaign: “Today more than ever sport can give a lot of hope for the future, as it is a powerful tool to reinforce fraternity and cooperation.”

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee stated:

Sport and physical activity can play an important role to stay strong and healthy, but also to get ready for the days after this crisis, when we can resume our professional and social life, and for the day when finally we can hug each other and play sport together again.

Suheil Tandon, founder of Pro Sport Development in India, highlights IDSDP 2020 as an opportunity for the "sector to strengthen its networks globally by sharing concerns, brainstorming solutions and working in collaboration to address challenges".

However, for some of us, the best way to show global solidarity may simply be by taking care of ourselves and our loved ones at this time. Remember to stay informed and follow the advice of your local health authority. There are also plenty of resources available offering support to manage your mental health and well-being at this time.

Let’s use the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to show how sport can be a source of inspiration, foster cooperation and help face down the world’s biggest challenges. 

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Monday, April 6, 2020 - 11:27