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Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS)
promotes “Sport for Tomorrow” programme for 2020 and the importance of fostering international leaders in sport at Work in Sports Exhibition (WISE), an international convention for careers in sports

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (May 7. 2015) – Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (hereinafter, TIAS) announced that TIAS participated in the Work in Sports Exhibition (hereinafter, WISE), which is an annual international convention for careers in sports held during May 6 to 7, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland. At WISE, TIAS promoted the importance of “Sport for Tomorrow” programme, Japan’s international contribution programme towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the attractions TIAS offers as the first sport academy in Japan.

Dr. Hisashi Sanada, Chairman of TIAS who spoke at a seminar at the exhibition, stated the importance of physical education by saying, “It is crucial to form a society where everybody can participate in sport activities in order to achieve a long healthy life expectancy.” He also mentioned his hopes to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as an “opportunity to promote physical education to schools not only in Japan but all over the world.” In addition, as 2015 being the 100th anniversary for the Physical Education Department at the University of Tsukuba, he expressed his enthusiasm to foster new talents in sport by saying, “University of Tsukuba will continue to spread the Olympic and Paralympic movement to every generation and country via physical education in Japanese school education,” and, “At TIAS, we are committed to foster international leaders in sport with the philosophy of ‘Jita Kyoei,’ which means mutual prosperity of self and others through devotion to others.”

Dr. Hisashi Sanada, Chairman of TIAS, at WISE

Dr. Hisashi Sanada, Chairman of TIAS, at WISE

In a panel discussion on “the present and future of the sport industry” including Ms. Donna de Varona, former competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Dr. Satoshi Shimizu, Vice-Chairman of TIAS, explained the potential of information transmittance by individuals becoming a driving force to lead the sport industry to a better direction by saying, “The advancement of technology and diversification of media such as social media shifted the information transmittance device from traditional mass media to individuals including athletes, which is also alternating the power relationships surrounding the sport industry.”

Dr. Satoshi Shimizu (center) and Ms. Donna de Varona (right) at the panel discussion

Dr. Satoshi Shimizu (center) and Ms. Donna de Varona (right) at the panel discussion

During WISE, Dr. Tibor Kozsla from SportAccord, one of the largest international sport organization, Prof. Jean-Loup Chappelet at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), and Mr. Yuji Senoo, Vice-Consul of Japanese Consular Office in Geneva, visited the exhibition booth of TIAS. This was a valuable opportunity to experience the high expectations towards TIAS, which aims to foster future international sport leaders for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Prof. Jean-Loup Chappelet (third from the right) and Dr. Tibor Kozsla (second from the right) visiting the exhibition booth of TIAS

Prof. Jean-Loup Chappelet (third from the right) and Dr. Tibor Kozsla (second from the right) visiting the exhibition booth of TIAS

Work in Sports Exhibition (WISE) Overview

WISE is the world’s only international convention for careers in sports. Held annually for two days in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the International Olympic Committee (hereinafter, IOC) headquarters and is the “capitol of Olympics,” WISE had over 65 companies exhibiting with approximately 1,000 participants this year.
Date: May 6 (Wednesday) and 7 (Thursday), 2015 Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Official Website: http://www.wiselausanne.com/index.php

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