Sports for All Federation represents Saudi Arabia at the World Sports Congress in Slovenia
RIYADH: The Sports for All Federation (SFA) represented Saudi Arabia at the 27th TAFISA World Congress.
The official Saudi delegation was led by SFA President Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud along with SFA Chief Executive Shaima Saleh Al-Husseini, with several members of the federation’s leadership team present.
The flagship congress, celebrated internationally for building global bridges through sport, was held in Portoroz, Slovenia from 8th to 12th June 2022 by the Association of International Sport for All (TAFISA).
“It was an honor to take part, representing Saudi as an ambassador for growth, well-being and modernity at this global sports congress was a humbling experience,” Prince Khaled told Arab News.
“We are filled with national pride, energy and enthusiasm and we have been privileged to showcase the kingdom’s tremendous strides in physical activity, community sports infrastructure and inclusive initiatives that encourage all members of Saudi society to take steps towards a healthier and happier one lifestyle ,” he added. “The SFA, together with our valued partners and under the guidance of the Department of Sport, have endeavored to showcase the many incredible electric moments of success that we have had and, more importantly, the fact that we had a lasting impact on health in Saudi Arabia.”
Prince Khaled’s attendance at the Congress reflects the SFA’s long-standing relationship with TAFISA and Saudi Arabia’s joint efforts to promote well-being through physical activity, marking the federation as an integral force in the world of sport at the community level.
Shaima Saleh Al-Husseini presented the federation’s ongoing commitment to promoting a diverse, exciting and vibrant sports community at the first plenary session of the Congress.
Shaima Saleh Al-Husseini, along with co-panelists Dr. Shawnda Morrison from the University of Ljubljana, Catherine Forde from the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees and TAFISA Board Member and Anna Mguni from Zimbabwe each have different challenges and achievements in terms of opinion and experience of the speakers.
During the discussion, the SFA’s efforts to encourage women’s participation in sport across the Kingdom were highlighted, as well as the association’s many community sporting and athletics events and impact-driven initiatives.
The last live TAFISA Congress was held in Japan in 2019 before the pandemic and saw a large official SFA delegation on site in Tokyo. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the SFA participated in a TAFISA-led webinar on COVID-19 Sport Initiatives, which highlighted the association’s efforts to promote physical activity and healthy living through its extensive digital offerings.
The following year SFA ran a TAFISA certified leadership course which helped educate and develop sports leaders and managers across the kingdom.
SFA also partnered with TAFISA and Nike Made to Play in early 2022 to deliver global Made to Play Coaching Girls Guide workshops with the aim of increasing girls’ participation in sport.
TAFISA organizes the World Congress every two years, and the multi-day summit is considered a unique knowledge-sharing platform structured to promote the concept of sport for all and increasing physical activity levels among the population.
The 2022 Congress brought together stakeholders from different sport organizations and sport experts from around the world and was organized under the theme “Sport for All in a Changing World”.
The theme highlighted the reality to which sports organizations are adapting; everything from climate change and economics to post-pandemic conditions and more.
The SFA’s ongoing collaboration with TAFISA is part of the Federation’s commitment to expanding the reach of regional and global partnerships towards a unified goal of making communities more active, healthier and happier.