Dr. Erdener, IOC Executive Board Member: “High hopes for new talents with solutions for social issues.”
Mr. Holm: “Olympic and Masters Games to strengthen cooperation positively.”
Mr. Murofushi: “Opportunity of international exchanges through sport needs to expand”
TOKYO, Japan (April 14, 2015) – Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (hereinafter, TIAS) today announced that TIAS hosted a special meeting at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting Asia, Kyoto 2015. The World Health Summit (hereinafter, WHS) is an international health care conference organized by the WHS Foundation GmbH, and the event is supported and advised by the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. The WHS Regional Meeting Asia, Kyoto 2015 was the first WHS Regional Meeting held in Japan. For the special meeting, TIAS invited Dr. Uğur Erdener, member of the International Olympic Committee (hereinafter, IOC) Executive Board, Mr. Jens V. Holm, CEO of International Masters Games Association (hereinafter, IMGA), and Mr. Koji Murofushi, Professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Executive Board Member of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, to discuss the role of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in realizing the “Sport for All” philosophy, and the expected contributions from TIAS. Dr. Hisashi Sanada, Chairman of TIAS, acted as the facilitator.
(From left) Dr. Hisashi Sanada, Dr. Uğur Erdener, Mr. Jens V. Holm and Mr. Koji Murofushi
The special meeting was followed by individual interviews, where each guest shared their thoughts on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as well as TIAS.
Dr. Erdener explained his beliefs as a member of the IOC Executive Board and the Chair of the Medical Commission that the Olympics and Paralympics can contribute to the improvement of human health by “operating the Olympics appropriately, which eventually will contribute to the improvement of human health and life.”
Regarding the relationship between elderly people and sport, Mr. Holm said, “The role of sport in this aging society is not only to extend people’s life span but to maintain the quality of life,” describing the irreplaceable part sport plays in extending healthy life expectancy. Mr. Holm also commented in relation to the cooperation of IOC and IMGA, “It is premature to confirm anything. However, we do have an agreement and the IOC has positive intentions towards the cooperation.” Dr. Erdener also indicated the possibility of even stronger cooperation by saying, “The cooperation will be mentioned in the Olympic Agenda 2020. This decision itself is very important.”
Mr. Murofushi, whom TIAS asked to speak at the opening ceremony of the TIAS & AISTS Short Programme, mentioned his expectations to TIAS and the importance of its role by saying, “It is wonderful to have an opportunity for international exchanges through sport, and we need to spread this movement even further. TIAS offers many important educational programmes that are not only lectures in a classroom, but learning experiences through activity and exercise. I believe repetition of such experiences will eventually deepen the programme itself, and I would be more than happy to help in any way.”
In addition, at the symposium which preceded the special meeting, a student from the University of Tsukuba asked the IOC’s definition of the word “recovery” after hearing the speech by Dr. Erdener. Dr. Erdener was impressed with the student’s suggestion, which was, “Usually when the IOC mentions the word ‘recovery’ it refers to the healing process of an athlete, but it can also refer to the reconstruction and revival process from a natural disaster or other tragic events.” Dr. Erdner enthusiastically responded to this suggestion in hopes that students attending TIAS continue to create new ideas and contribute to the society, by saying, “Young generations creating such new ideas is already a form of contribution to the society, and I expect TIAS as a sport academy to produce many talents who can provide solutions to a variety of social issues.”
The special meeting was a valuable opportunity as well, as each of the guests mentioned their high expectations for TIAS in preparations ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
*This special meeting followed the “Symposium of Sport Events and Sport for All” at the WHS Regional Meeting Asia, Kyoto 2015, on April 14th, 2015
Overview of “WHS Regional Meeting Asia, Kyoto 2015”