SPORTS

‘Oceania, Let’s Work Together’

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou stressed the importance of representatives of Oceania working together for sports. He made comment during the Oceania Consultation/International Conference of Ministers and Senior
01 May 2015 07:48
‘Oceania, Let’s Work Together’
The delegates at GPH, Suva, yesterday. Photo: Rama

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou stressed the importance of representatives of Oceania working together for sports.

He made comment during the Oceania Consultation/International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sports (MINEPS) at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva yesterday.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of the conference and I call upon you as representatives of Oceania to continue on the initiatives of the Declaration of Berlin and its implementation,” Tuitubou said.

“As we identify common priorities and discuss our action plan for the Asia-Pacific region, let us remember that all this can only be through enhancing partnership in the development of sports with our stakeholders.

“Let us work together to reslise the commitment and the call made by the world’s Sports Ministers in Berlin.”

The Declaration of Berlin contains a set of detailed commitments and recommendations which was developed with contributions from 100 experts representing public authorities, sports movement and academia.

It is widely recognised as a framework for guiding international and national policy development.

Tuitubou said that Pacific Island representatives need to continue the momentum that has been set in place by MINEPS V.

“Please ensure that the efforts aimed at bolstering sport prove worthwhile and fruitful.

“We must work together with our stakeholders if we want to see a coordinated and partnered approach at all levels of participation to ensure maximum return.” he said.

With sports being a powerful tool to influence people’s lives and produce good role models, Tuitubou said that quality physical education plays an important role in individual development.

“These are small stepping stones on which the future and legacy of budding sports people are founded upon.

“Underlying the crucial role of sports teachers and coaches continued povision of quality education and training for physical education is paramount if we are to achieve international sporting success as a region,” he said.

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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