Friday, March 18, 2011

African International Sports Convention

Caster Semenya pic
This annual sports convention opened yesterday in Marrakech, Morroco with women's boxing one of the central discussion topics. Sports adminstrators from around the world gather here to look at how sport can be developed in some of the world's poorest countries, and indeed how sport can help alleviate the daily grind of poverty.
Lofty ambitions; one of today's talks is on 'The Africa Union’s new direction for sport; What does it mean to sport development and governance in Africa?' but tomorrow's schedule is dedicated to the practicalites of life for new talent  - how to help people, guide them and help them access the best trainers. This along with Sri Lanka's bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games are likely to be the highlights.
It all sounds very impressive, but unfortunately there doesn't seem to any links back to the results of previous conference decisions. 
How effective do you think these conferences are? 


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