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TAFISA Newsletter – October 2020


One Year to Go! TAFISA World Congress 2021
 Registrations are open, secure your participation! The next TAFISA World Congress will take place on October 6-10 in Portorož, Slovenia. More information and registration on the official Congress website: https://tafisa-slovenia2021.si/


The delegation was received by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor (second from right)

Slovenia Ready to Host TAFISA Congress 2021

As the 27th TAFISA World Congress will be held in Portorož, Slovenia, one year from now on 6-10 October, 2021, TAFISA Secretary General Wolfgang Baumann visited Slovenia for tour of inspection from 30 September to 1 October. Throughout his visit, he was accompanied by a delegation comprised of representatives from the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations (OCS – ASF) and from Sports Union of Slovenia (SUS), both co-organisers of the Congress.

The visit kicked off on Wednesday 30th in the morning, as the delegation was welcomed to the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports by dr. Mojca Doupona, acting director of the directorate for sports, and Zoran Verovnik, in charge of international affairs at the directorate. Representatives of Slovenia were introduced to the Congress, which will be the largest event of its kind hosted by Slovenia and will be attended by some 500 prominent representatives of sport organisations from over 80 countries all around the world. The Congress has an important role to play in the development of Sport for All globally and in Slovenia. http://tafisa.org/news/InspectionTourSlovenia2021

The Female Leaders Of Tomorrow Website is Live!

Learn more about the project and find out about who the Mentees and Mentors are and how the project has been designed to offer development, empowerment and leadership to twenty women across thirteen countries in Africa and Europe. The website provides updates on news and resources which aim to empower and inspire girls and women to reach their full potential, inside and outside of sport.      https://www.flotsport.org/


Thousands Pass the Baton from East to West in Worldwide Relay for TAFISA World Walking Day

On Sunday 4 October, people from all over the world joined the TAFISA World Walking Day – 24 Hours Around the Globe. This year’s event was a historic first and brought a new dimension to the World Walking Day. Participants took a stand to show transnational solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic by passing the baton across time-zones from east to west in a planet-wide relay. Dozens of thousands hailing from 63 countries on all continents took part and shared powerful messages of peace, access to sport and education for all, gender equality, health, and solidarity against COVID-19 among many other causes, working together to create the most inclusive and accessible 24-hour relay.

In total, the baton was passed in 63 countries: 

Albania, Antarctica (Italy-France Station), Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kosovo, Lesotho, Macao, China, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Zimbabwe.

TAFISA would like to shout a huge “Thank You!” to all those who made the event an unprecedented success, this would not have been possible without you all! The contributions and messages shared for the event were tremendous and TAFISA can only emphasise how proud and humbled the organisation is to see such dedication, commitment and enthusiasm from the Global Sport for All Movement. TAFISA is also grateful for the renowned ambassadors who offered their time and notoriety to help spread the word within their community; their special contributions will be highlighted in the special release due to be published in just a few days.


On 13-16 October, the Aspen Institute held its Project Play Summit 2020, which focused on engaging youth in sport and physical activity. TAFISA Secretary General Wolfgang Baumann was invited to provide an announcement as part of the session ‘Next Steps in Building a Youth-Centered Model for Sports‘.  http://tafisa.org/news/ProjectPlaySummit2020

1st Congress on Active Cities in Guatemala

TAFISA Board Member Catherine Forde was invited to the online Congress on Active Cities hosted by the Guatemalan Olympic Committee on 8 October 2020 and tackled the topic of “The Importance of Physical Activity and Sport for All in Cities”. | Read More…