UNESCO TSG Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Visits SJJIF Headquarters in Torrance, California USA.
On December 15th 2017 the Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation President Mr. João Silva received the visit of UNESCO TSG Ad Hoc Advisory Committee Mr . Shammi Rana for an official meeting at the SJJIF Headquarters in Torrance, California USA.
UNESCO (United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) is the United Nations’ lead agency for Physical Education and Sport (PES). Assistance and guidance services are provided by UNESCO for governments, NGOs, and experts to debate the evolving challenges of physical education and sport.
Since 2003 UNESCO has been developing the UNESCO Traditional Sports and Games, a program that aims to address the major dual challenge of the promotion and safeguard of traditional sports and games (TSG) as sports practices and intangible cultural heritage, a key challenge for the future development of sport and societies. TSG also strives to enhance intercultural dialogue and peace, reinforces youth empowerment and promotes ethical sport practices.
Mr. João Silva and Mr. Shammi Rana’s meeting topic was on the safeguarding and promotion of Traditional Sports and Games, and discussion of the third Collective Consultation on Traditional Sports and Games (TSG) held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 6 to 7 July 2017.
Mr. João Silva addressed how he believes that many Brazilian cultural sports can become part of the UNESCO TSG and how the SJJIF identifies with the UNESCO TSG program as the SJJIF mission is to protect and preserve the unique history, culture, lineage, and life style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to protect the future of BJJ, athletes, and professions deriving from the sport.
The SJJIF was founded by Jiujiteiros for Jiujiteiros and since its inception the main mission has been to organize the sport by having one set of rules that emphasize fair play and uniting with like minded individuals and federations committed to the preservation and continued growth of the sport.
President João Silva believes that today, the BJJ community has spread worldwide and having the support of UNESCO TSG will help the SJJIF continue to support the development of the sport, and continue to use the sport as a tool for social inclusion, peace & friendship, and its health benefits.
Mr. João Silva is looking forward to continuing to bring many Brazilian cultural sports and games to the UNESCO TSG program.