Recognizing International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

06.04.21

by Editorial Staff

Today we recognize International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6 April 2021.

Sport is and has always been at the core of our business, from way back in 1987 when we built the first teletext-based commentator information system during the IAAF World Championships, to transforming how the world engages with sport.

06.04.21

by Editorial Staff

Today we recognize International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6 April 2021.

Sport is and has always been at the core of our business, from way back in 1987 when we built the first teletext-based commentator information system during the IAAF World Championships, to transforming how the world engages with sport.

Sport is so impactful in so many beneficial ways, and for Deltatre – as a global employee community and as a global leader at the centre of the most influential media space – it is fundamental to recognize the powerful impact sport has on driving social change.

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared 6 April the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, creating a historical link to the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

In 2015, in a historic moment, sport was officially recognized as an “important enabler” of sustainable development and was included in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

At Deltatre we are committed to building inclusive communities, promoting tolerance and respect and empowering all individuals. We relate strongly to International Day of Sport for Development and Peace as it highlights how sport is an important enabler of sustainable development as it promotes tolerance and respect and contributes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.

Growing up in Brazil, we are very aware of how sport can change the lives of children who have no other potential of growth. It is a means of socializing, letting off steam and can take you somewhere far away from the present fears of hunger, unemployment, uncertainty of the future. We see so many lives touched by sport and turned for the better because of social initiatives that help people in need. Football is one example, but I have seen first-hand chess players, and gymnasts taken from the slums and being helped by a community that saw these people for more than their circumstances. Everybody deserves a chance to be seen and to know what peace feels like

Daniela Egerland - Project Manager

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace this year presents an important opportunity to recognize the role that sport and physical activity play in communities and in people’s lives across the world, by helping us get through times of crisis by building resilience, reducing anxieties and improving physical and mental health.

I see the social and political power of athletes daily, all around the globe. They play a major role in peaceful protests about racial injustices, champion impactful fundraising programmes, and have been associated with instigating peace talks during civil wars. I've also had the humbling privilege of working with Street Soccer. This organization has brought thousands out of homelessness by teaching life skills and supporting recovery from addiction through sport. Sport is no doubt fun to watch or play, but the lessons taught and benefits of physical activity demonstrate its true value

Jonathan Schecter - VP Product | Sport Experiences

Now more than ever, fundamental aspects of sport, such as demonstrating solidarity, togetherness, inspiring hope, and team spirit can help us get through the current challenges together.

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers

Nelson Mandela