The fourth annual Sports Values Summit held in Cape Town November 1-3, 2015 marked an important stage on a special journey, a unique effort to explore the inspiration and lessons that sports offers for the global challenges of peace and development. The inspiration for the Summit series came as the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games approached. Handa, as sponsor and mentor of wide-ranging activities, saw the potential to draw tangible lessons from the ways in which sporting leaders and heroes wrestle with fundamental issues around values.
The ancient Olympic values: friendship, respect and excellence–along with the Paralympic values: determination, inspiration, courage, and equality, resonated with the philanthropic work of Dr. Many challenges facing the world of sports echo for international peace and development.
A series of summits could underscore powerful messages that link sports with work for peace and development. Handa committed several organizations that he has founded (notably Worldwide Support for Development (WSD) and the International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) to a continuing effort through annual summits linked to global sporting events.
The first Summit, in London in 2012, focused on the significance and lessons of the London Olympic Games.
The confidence I gained from improving my times aided in the creation of friendships, but most importantly, I discovered a technique for assuaging life’s woeful moments.
The track is not just a four hundred meter circle to me; it is the place that prompted my transition from an insecure fourteen year old girl to a strong, ambitious, and confident young woman.Track, being an outdoor sport, forces me to endure a myriad of temperatures and conditions.Some days, the air is unbelievably hot and humid and surviving practice feels like an unattainable goal. Some days, it downpours and the vicious winds push me out of my lane.Three short blasts of a whistle followed by one long blast and the trembling commences.After three nerve-wracking seconds, the gun goes off.Sport Fest enables you to present your products and services to a wide range of visitors, make new contacts, show your sport, product or service to new consumers or customers and, most importantly, have a great time doing what you love!I step up to the starting line-palms sweating, heart racing.These included extraordinary efforts to link the city’s welfare to the Games, leaving a meaningful and lasting legacy, and a determination to view the Olympic spirit broadly, not only through excellence in sports but in daily lives, in schools, and through culture and art.Young leaders were inspired by Olympians who participated and by the message and example of Lord Bates, business leader, sportsman, and politician, who is a determined witness to the idea that the ancient Olympic Truce has meaning for our time. It came at a moment when the decision on where to hold the 2020 Summer Olympic Games was in the offing.This meant that the Olympic Games and associated values could not be at the center (because of restrictions on publicity during the tense decision period).The Summit highlighted Japanese values, notably a cooperative spirit, raw determination, and an eye to aesthetics, linking them to sports and to the quest for international peace and prosperity.