UN conference in Bfn given new date

2017-05-10 06:00

The new date for the conference of the United Nations Office on Sports for Development and Peace has been confirmed as 22 to 24 May at the Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein.

It has been rescheduled due to the unavailability of stakeholders in April.

The conference will be co-hosted by the Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and the Global Sports Federation, a body accredited by the United Nations (UN) to host the Sports for Development and Peace Conference.

Nancy de Sousa, president of the MCCI, said the postponement was due to pressing matters that included the stakeholders’ engagement in other international sports matters and difficulty in getting visas.

She said the stakeholders have given assurance that they will attend.

“Those who have been in this situation would know what a nightmare it is for the organising team if something like this happens. You have no control from your side, because these admini­strative activities take place overseas.

“We have really done everything humanly possible to prevent moving the date, but this has not materialised, so we have to move to plan B,” said De Sousa.

De Sousa said the international conference was a first for the Free State capital and also the first of its kind for the African continent.

“A major part of the conference will focus on sporting events to get the real feeling and vision of the Sports for Development and Peace about the project of sport as an important tool for human development and peace, as well as a unifier,” said De Sousa. She said specific activities of this three-day conference would be discussions on how to build the Sports University Project, how to utilise green energy to its fullest, as well as utilising grey water.

De Sousa said the main outcome of the discussions at the conference would be a massive sports initiative in the City of Roses involving the construction of a multi-purpose sports university.

Parties interested in participating in the conference can call De Sousa on 051-522-1710 or 084-442-2663 or Eleni Papangelis on 071-725-0014.

People are urged to phone during working hours.

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