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Form to the world sports, education and culture begins debate

Form to the world sports, education and culture begins debate
Updated :2006-10-24

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Scene of the plenary session

(Beijing, 23 October) - The first plenary session of the 5th World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture was held on Monday morning in Beijing's International Convention Center, focusing on the cultural and educational functions of the Olympic movement.

In his key speech, BOCOG Executive Vice President Jiang Xiaoyu dealt with the concept of "People's Olympics", one of the three concepts that the organizers of the Beijing Games have stressed.

The "People's Olympics" concept was generally accepted and Highly Commended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and it is now playing a leading role in the preparatory work for the upcoming Summer Olympics, said Jiang.

The Olympic Games serve as a convincing winner to promote the humanistic spirit, he said. "We will publish the report on the process and the results of the Olympic competitions, with the athletes, win and extending care about those who fail. We are not only the world of sport performance of drivers, but also the progress, even if it small, the athletes of the countries and regions whose sport is at a relatively low level, "said Jiang.

He stressed that education is the ultimate guarantee for the realization of the "People's Olympics". BOCOG has paid great importance to Olympic education targeting 400 million youngsters in China during the Olympic preparation.

In a joint effort with the Ministry of Education, BOCOG has millions of textbooks and popular readings for primary and secondary school children and young people and students. More than 500 schools were Olympic Education Model Schools in 2006 and more than 500000 primary and secondary schools, our knowledge Olympic charts, Jiang added.

In the morning session of speeches, in particular the role of Physical Education, Sport and Culture by Pierre Sane, UNESCO Deputy Director-General for Social Sciences and Humanities; Olympics: educational and cultural opportunities by Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director Education and Life After The Games by Sergei Bubka, IOC member.

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