The 15th ASFAA Congress Hong Kong
22 – 24 June 2018
‘Achieving “Sport for All” through Olympic Education’
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Press Release

The 15 th Asiania Sport for All Association (ASFAA) Congress
‘Achieving “Sport for All” through Olympic Education’

22.06.2018
The 15 th Asiania Sport for All Association (ASFAA) Congress was held by Sports
Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) on 20-22 June 2018 at
the Lecture Theatre of Olympic House. The Congress successfully attracted over 200
participants which include more than 60 overseas guests and 160 local participants. A
higher rate of participation was recorded in the second day as more participants joined the
event in the Saturday weekend.

The 15 th ASFAA Congress aims to expand participants’ horizons and better promote a
sporting culture in Hong Kong / Asia and the Oceania region through Olympic Education.
Like-minded people coming from over 20 countries / cities gathered together in the Lecture
Theatre of the Olympic House to attend the Opening Ceremony officiated by:
Mr. Timothy FOK, GBS, JP, President of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of HK, China;
Mr. PUN Weng Kun, President of Asiania Sport For All Association (ASFAA);
Dr. Juho CHANG, President of The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA);
Ms. Ida LEE, JP, Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department;
Mr. YEUNG Tak Keung, JP, Commissioner for Sport of Home Affairs Bureau;
Mr. MA Fung Kwok, SBS, JP, Legislative Councillor;
Mr. Ronnie WONG, JP, Hon. Secretary General of SF&OC; and
Mr. WONG Po Kee, MH, Chairperson of the 15th ASFAA Congress Organizing Committee

In his Opening Remarks, Mr. Timothy FOK said that: “It is our goal to motivate people
from all walks of life to participate in sport, adopt and live by the Olympic Values.” He
asked participants to “build a community that is healthier, livelier, and stronger. “Only
when the persons of a community are strong is that community strong.” He further
highlighted the recent news on PyeongChang Olympics in Korea - allowing us to witness
the power of sport in peace-making: Sports have opened up dialogues and opportunities for
coordination between countries, and led us towards achieving a common goal, the result
has exceeded our expectations and the limits of our imagination.

The Commissioner for Sports, Mr. YEUNG Tak Keung, JP explained the policy initiatives
to promote Sport for All, both to support elite sports development and to make Hong Kong
a hub for major international sports events. Mr. YEUNG shared with participants how
“Sport for All” complements the other two policy objectives in the past years and in the
years ahead.

The Congress invited six prominent Speakers and all of them had delivered their speeches
in the 2-day Congress. The Speakers were namely,
- Mr. Wolfgang BAUMANN (Secretary General of TAFISA),
- Professor REN Hai (Professor, Beijing Sports University, China),
- Mr. Finn BERGGREN (President of Gerlev PE & Sports Academy, Denmark),
- Professor Yasuo YAMAGUCHI (Professor, Kobe University, Japan),
-  Mrs. Rakafet ARIELI (Clinical and Sport Dietitian, Sports Medicine Centre, Israel), and
- Professor Keith GEORGE (Professor, Liverpool John Moores University, UK).

The Organising Committee would like to express thanks to the following including:
Subvented Organisation The Home Affairs Bureau Arts and Sports Development Fund,
key sponsor New World Development Company Ltd. Other sponsors include: Kampery
Group “Kam Cha”, Vitamin Boost Global Ltd, MCM Marketing Strategy and
Communications Ltd. Besides, supporting organisations include Meetings and Exhibitions
Hong Kong, Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Fitness First.
Other than spreading wisdoms and delivering speeches, the Congress also arranged
attractive booths and amazing sport demonstrations for participants, including rope
skipping and uni-cycle performances.

WHAT: Being granted the right by the Asiania Sport For All Association (ASFAA), Sports Federation & Olympic Committee (SF&OC) will spearhead this 15th ASFAA Congress to be hosted in Hong Kong. This is the 1st time ASFAA hold its Congress in Hong Kong. Participants will explore the latest perspectives on “Sport for All” to expand participants’ horizons; and how we can better promote a sporting culture in HK / Asia and Oceania region through Olympics Education. We believe people living in Hong Kong and similar hustle bustle cities would benefit much from it. 

WHEN: 22 June 2018 to 24 June 2018 (3 days inclusive with ASFAA Board Meeting on 21 June and General Assembly on 22 June) 

WHO: Speakers include distinguished practitioners in sports, including Officials from the HKSAR Home Affairs Bureau, Secretary General of The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA), Speakers from Beijing, Israel and Macao / International Olympic Committee / Olympic Council of Asia. Speakers will offer insights on how their latest ideas on Olympic Education benefit our society. 
Mr. Wolfgang Baumann
Secretary General
TAFISA
Mr. Ronnie WONG
Hon. Secretary General 
SF&OC

Mrs. Rakefet Arieli
Board Member
ISFAA
Mr. Finn Berggren
Gerlev PE & Sports Academy, Denmark 
Prof. Dr. Yasuo Yamaguchi 
Board of Director, ASFAA, TAFISA
Prof. Keith George
 Liverpool John Moore University

 
Prof. ZHENG Jia Kun
Shanghai University of Sports, China

 
Prof. REN Hai
Beijing Sport University, China

WHY: This Congress is where like minds meet to make a marked difference for us all to live an enriched life with sports. We are at the edge to witness how sports, enriched with Olympic Education, will promote a sporting culture in our society. 

WHERE: Lecture Theatre in Olympic House, Causeway Bay, HK

TARGETS: Officials, academics, sports professionals, National Sports Associations / sports  practitioners, athletes, teachers and students (Participants with 100% attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance)

ORGANIZERS: Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China

SPONSORS: (All sponsors and collaborators are welcomed, please contact Mr. Ivan CHENG at tel: 9758 9199 for details)

We sincerely expect a positive reply from you.


ASIANIA SPORT FOR ALL ASSOCIATION

Asiania Sport For All Association is a non-profit organization and the regional body dedicated for the promotion of the Sport for All (SfA) Movement in the Asian and Oceania Region. It is one of the Regional TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All) bodies, others include: TAFISA Europe, TAFISA Africa, PASFAF (Pan American Federation of Sport for All).
VISION & MISSION
To create a better world through construction of a healthy and active society for all through sport.

EQUALITY & RIGHT for All to Sports
Asiania Sport For All Association recognizes sport as a fundamental human right for all individuals, irrespective of age, race, gender or ability.

OUR WORKS & OBJECTIVES
- Strengthen the communication amongst the members and facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices in the field of SfA.
-Facilitate the cooperation amongst members and with international organization.
-Campaign for Equality and Human Rights of all to sport.
-Assist members to establish long term SfA programs.
-Nurture the development of personnel and experts in the field of SfA.
-Actively promote the work of Asiania Sport For All Association and to disseminate the message of healthy body healthy society through promotional events, media, internet and newsletter.
-Widen the reach of Asiania Sport For All Association by maximizing the use of social website and media.
-Encourage the scientific research and academic exchange in the area of SfA.
-Safeguard the preservation of culture and traditional sports and to promote their development.

Asiania Sport For All Association website: http://www.asfaa.org/

Message from President of Asiania Sport For All Association

On behalf of Asiania Sport For All Association (ASFAA), I would like to extend my appreciation to Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) in the organization of the 15th ASFAA 2018 Congress. This is the first time ASFAA hold its Congress in Hong Kong. Through holding it in this cosmopolitan city, I hope local and overseas officials, academics, sport professionals and students would be attracted together and enjoy their sincere and strategic exchange in the sessions. 

ASFAA is a non-profit organization established to bring together individuals, private and public institutions in the Asia and Oceania Regions with the mutual objective of disseminating the health and social benefits brought by regular physical activity. Being held biannually, ASFAA Congress certainly provides a valuable platform for international knowledge exchange as well as networking opportunities in the field of Sport for All.

The theme of this year is ‘Achieving “Sport for All” Through Olympic Education’. The 3-day congress programme which includes keynote address and plenary sessions given by distinguished speakers will cover a wide range of significant topics, insights and trends in the developments of Sport for All. Their contributions will surely add value to the Congress and benefit the audiences. I, therefore, encourage all to support this Congress and take advantage of this valuable collaboration opportunity to expand the scope of Sport for All initiatives and policies. Once again, I would like to extend my warmest welcome for all to join this Congress in Hong Kong and I look forward to a successful ASFAA Congress 2018. 

Pun Weng Kun
PRESIDENT

Message from the President of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC)

I wish success to the Asiania Sport for all Association because as it succeeds in its mission we all do and so I see it as a brother organization to the Olympic movement. The aim of the Association is simple as it is noble: to encourage and to support anyone, I stress anyone, irrespective of age, gender, creed, ability to take part in sports because athletic pursuits join people together to give vitality to life and unity to the society. 

We in Hong Kong have long advocated precisely this goal to make sporting participation not the preserve of the few elite in their fields but as a right, and a calling, for all our citizens because leading an active, healthy life pays dividends in every way. This message of ours has found echo in the Association which knows how best to engage the wider public, not just in one city, one country, one territory but everywhere in Asia and Oceania under its purview.

Our hope is to see the Association flourish even more than before because that would be a spur to the Olympics which want more than passive audiences who watch sports on their television, computer, tablet and smartphone screens but to go out and play the games they love at whichever level of competence. Only when the persons of a community are strong is that community strong.

I join the Association in this quest and thank it for making the Olympic message more appealing and immediate.
 
Mr. Timothy FOK, GBS, JP
PRESIDENT 

  Asiania Sport For All Association (ASFAA) Directors 
Sarjit Singh
[Malaysia]
Vice President of ASFAA 
MARFIMA
Brian Dixon
[Australia]
Vice President of ASFAA
Lifebeinit
Hagay Herzel
[Israel]
Secretary General of ASFAA
Israel Sport for All Association
Liu Guoyong 
[China]
Treasurer of ASFAA
All-China Sports Federation
Yasuo Yamaguchi 
[Japan]
Sasakawa Sports Federation
Min-Soo Kim
[Korea]
Sport for All Busan Association
Ali Majdara
[Iran]
Sport for All Association, I.R. Iran
Wong Po Kee 
[Hong Kong, China]
Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
 Congress Working Group: 
Chairperson:Mr. WONG Po Kee, Hon. Deputy Secretary General, SF&OC
Members:    Ms. Vivien C. C. LAU, Vice-President, SF&OC
                      Mr. Tony K. L. YUE, Vice-President, SF&OC
                      Mr. TONG Wai Lun, Vice-President, SF&OC 
                      Mr. Kenneth K. K. FOK, Vice-President, SF&OC
                      Mr. Ronnie M. C. WONG, Hon. Secretary General, SF&OC 
                      Mr. Frederick K. C. YU, President, China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union
                      Mr. Arnold C. L. CHUNG, Chairman, Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association 
                      Mr KONG Fung, Vice-President, Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China Ltd.
                      Mr. Kenny K. W. CHOW, Director of Studies, Hong Kong Olympic Academy 
                      Mr. TSANG Chak Fai, Head Coach, Hong Kong Tug of War Association Ltd. 
Secretary:     Mr. Abraham CHENG, Executive Director, SF&OC
day
1
21 Jun 2018 (Thu)
  • Arrival of Overseas Participants
  • ASFAA Board Meeting
DAY
2
22 Jun 2018  (Fri)
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Keynote Addresses 1 and Session 2
  • Lunch
  • Plenary Sessions 1 and Session 2
  • ASFAA General Assembly – for ASFAA members only
DAY
3
23 Jun 2018 (Sat)
  • Morning Exercise
  • Plenary Sessions 3 and 4
  • Lunch
  • Plenary Sessions 5,6,7
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Gala Dinner
DAY
4
24 Jun 2018 (Sun)
  • Olympic Day
  • Tour of the Hong Kong Sports Institute/ Departure
day
5
25 Jun 2018 (Mon)
  • Departure
 Registration Period
NORMAL PERIOD: 1 April 2018 – 15 June 2018
DEADLINE for Overseas participants: 19 May 2018
DEADLINE for Local participants: 15 June 2018

 Participation Fee
*Prices for twin room occupancy (to -be self arranged by the participants themselves) 
*For the first 100 successful and fully paid registrants, there will be a Souvenir Pack sponsored by Vitamin Voost Global Ltd. (worth around HK$100), while stock last (separate emails will be sent to confirm details of participation)
Enquiry: Please call 2504 8525 Mr.CHENG
 Hotel for overseas: Harbour Plaza Hotel - North Point
This Congress has the support and recognition of education credits from the following NSAs:
Welcome to Hong Kong – Asia’s World City
Hong Kong has positioned itself to become the world city of Asia. This positioning is designed to highlight Hong Kong's strengths in areas such as financial services, trade, tourism, transport, communications, and as a regional hub for international business and a Special Administrative Region of China. In addition, FORTUNE Global Forum (2001) held in Hong Kong has also mentioned: "Hong Kong is where opportunity, creativity and entrepreneurship converge.” 
A look at Hong Kong’s history could give a strong impression that change is the only constant here. From its earliest days as a British colony, Hong Kong served as a centre of international trade. The arrival of immigrants in the early 20th Century helped launch a new role for Hong Kong as a major manufacturing hub. In recent decades, as the economy of China has undergone a process of opening up, Hong Kong has transformed into a service-based economy as well as an important gateway to the world’s largest market. Currently, Hong Kong maintains its growth momentum as Asia’s World City and puts itself as an economic stronghold in the budding Bay Area (it covers Hong Kong and Macao plus nine Mainland cities nearby). 
Hong Kong is also vibrant in sports. It offers a year-round calendar of events, from the well-known International Dragon Boat Race, Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, world-class horse racing, Hong Kong Cyclothon, the Cross Harbour Race, Hong Kong marathon, Open Badminton Championship, The Tennis Open…So, welcome all to feel this uniquely and enticing experience in Hong Kong. 

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