Brazil utilizes sports to promote peace, development

08:24, October 19, 2010      

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Brazil renews its support and co-sponsorship of the UN resolution on "sports as a means to promote education, health, development and peace," Joao Alberto Dourado Quintaes of the Brazilian mission to the UN said in a statement on Monday.

"Sport in Brazil is traditionally regarded as being instrumental in forging good standards of citizenship, thereby playing a very special role in maintaining a healthy social fabric, " said Quintaes addressing a plenary meeting on sport for peace and development.

Over the next six years, Brazil will host three sports mega- events -- the 5th World Military Games in 2011, the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016.

"Sports will be at the top of the Brazilian social, political and economic agenda," Quintaes said.

The Brazilian delegate said that hosting these events will help generate more jobs, together with the improvement of the nation- wide infrastructure and increased opportunities for the Brazilian youth.

In his speech, Quintaes also stressed the importance to consider sport in a broader context, encompassing education and health. "We believe that dealing with sport in such an integrated and holistic way contributes to enabling conditions conducive for peace and development," he said.

Bearing this in mind, the Brazilian government has adopted a series of public policies focused at promoting citizenship, education and health through sports.

Currently government-led initiatives taking place in the southern American country include engagement in a program that employs over 12,000 inmates from state prisons aiming at manufacturing sports equipment, whose output is used in other educational sports programs carried out by the Brazilian Government.

Another initiative includes a program with over 1 million participants that carries out sports activities to children and youngsters enrolled in public schools.

Source: Xinhua


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