Traditional Sports and Games (TSG), recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, will be at the center of the 7th TAFISA World Sports for All Games.
The sports, games and traditional movements of each culture are a significant part of the history of our ancestors and should be considered, as well as language, music, architecture and literature, as a starting point for today's sports and cultures. They present themselves as an opportunity to enjoy the diversity of communities, alienating us from an increasingly global world.
However, traditional sports and games have gradually disappeared, often putting the continuity of our cultures at risk. These activities represent the diversity of our societies and constitute a privileged tool for promoting cultural identification and strengthening understanding between people. In addition, they offer opportunities that modern sports are unable to provide, such as the link to traditional music and costumes.
TSG are usually based not only on competition, but also on fun and the participation of different stakeholders. Traditional sports and games have the power to attract the attention of people who generally don’t play sports, to build bridges between cultures, generations and to promote social inclusion. At a time when the world is facing major migratory flows and needs to find solutions to ensure the integration of all migrants and refugees in the populations, the TSG can be a useful and effective tool to achieve this goal.
These sports practices preserve community interaction, present themselves as a living legacy of our ancestors and give us the opportunity to enrich the future. The World Sport for All Games TAFISA aim to safeguard, preserve and promote the Traditional Sports and Games (TSG).