ISF President Mr Laurent Petrynka and President of the China School Sports Federation Mr Xue Yanqing participated in the 5th EU-China High-Level People-to-People Policy Dialogue which was held on 9-10 November 2020 (virtually) and organised by the European Commission-China cooperation.
Mr Petrynka and Mr Yanqing took part in the Panel 2: Future of Major Sport Events, organised on day one (9 November 2020) in which they discussed and presented the organisation of the ISF Gymnasiade Jinjiang 2020 (to be held from 16th to 23rd October 2021 in Jinjiang, China) and the challenges faced in 2020, related to the ISF events and development of school sport.
ISF president Mr Petrynka emphasised the importance of innovation and new strategies to provide students from all over the World with equal opportunities to school sport and physical activity. He explained how despite the pandemic, ISF found new solutions and kept the preparations on track.
Mr Petrynka also highlighted the great collaboration with the China School Sport Federation and the Jinjiang 2020 organising committee; “"China is an important player in world’s sport in general and plays an active role in the development of school’s sport too. Our Chinese colleagues have a very strong expertise and experience in organising major events and we are confident the Summer School Games will be organised to a very high standard."
Mr Xue Yanqing, China School Sports Federation (CSSF) president, presented how CSSF coped with the postponement of the 18th ISF Gymnasiade Jinjiang 2020 but kept high standard development and preparation for the event.
“The Organising Committee and Executive Committee of this Gymnasiade will work together with the ISF and CSSF to make better preparations, follow higher quality standards and take effective measures to make it a sports event with an aim of bringing `the most exciting competitions, far-reaching influence and extensive participation" for school students worldwide,´” highlighted Mr Xue Yanqing, CSSF President.
The 18th ISF Gymnasiade Jinjiang 2020 will take place from 16 to 23 October 2021 in Jinjiang, China.
The “Future of Major Sport Events” panel also included Etienne Thobois, Directeur Général de Paris 2024, Xiao Junfeng, Deputy Director General of Media and Communications Department, Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and Patrick Mariller, FIBA Chief Operating Officer and President of Beijing FIBA Basketball Culture Development Co., Ltd. The panel was moderated by Viktoria Racheva-Slavkova, Director of European Programs, Projects and International Cooperation, Ministry of Youth of Sports of Bulgaria.
During the panel, Mr Etienne Thobois, Directeur Général de Paris 2024, presented the strategies Paris 2024 is using to engage citizen and ensure the social impact of the games.
The ISF Gymnasiade 2022 will be organised as “the games before the games” in Normandy, France.
Day one of the 5th EU-China High-Level People-to-People Policy Dialogue began with the Opening remarks from Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport, DG EAC, European Commission, Beate Lohmann, Director-General for Sport, German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Song Keqin, Director General, External Affairs Department of the General Administration of Sport of China, which was followed by the “Promotion of sport and physical activity: Sharing good practices between EU and China” panel featuring: Yves Le Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit, European Commission, Jacob Schouenborg and Mei Du, Representatives of EU-China Mobilities: Grassroots Sport in Schools, Clubs and Outdoors project, ISCA, Vuk Karanovic, Development manager, European Volleyball Federation, Xu Chuan, Deputy Director, International Department, Winter Sport Administration Center of the General Administration of Sport of China and moderator Heidi Sulander, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
First day of the 5th EU-China High-Level People-to-People Policy Dialogue concluded with a closing remarks from Wu Jian, Deputy Director General, External Affairs Department of the General Administration of Sport of China and Yves Le Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit, European Commission.
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