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Sport for All through Tradition and Innovation

The theme draws inspiration from the Japanese context and delves into the apparent paradox between tradition and innovation. It tackles the contemporary relevance of tradition, in particular how Traditional Sports and Games can help bring play back into the daily lives of both children and adults, while exploring the vast field of innovations to identify ways in which new ideas, new concepts and new technologies can encourage people to be physically active. Sport for All will require both Tradition and Innovation to grow stronger in the future.


Happy Aging

Societies are aging in some parts of the world. Isolation and loneliness are increasingly affecting the elderly. We can address this and make a change. Sport for All benefits the elderly by improving their health but also social integration by combatting isolation and loneliness.

Made to Play

For the Human Right to play. We are made to play – kids, adults, everybody. But we’ve forgotten that and play is too often seen as a waste of time. Through play, we build physical literacy, learn to be creative and independent, develop physical and emotional strength, identify with our cultural heritage and explore our built and natural environment.

Design your Policy

We know of the manifold benefits of Sport for All; but how do we activate them? How can we use Sport for All to answer current challenges? A well-designed policy has the power to implement a positive, sustainable change and leave a lasting legacy. Without a clearly defined policy, you don’t know where to go. Make history, design your policy.

Building Communities

Sport for All builds bridges, fostering mutual understanding and bringing people together within society. Globally, it contributes to peace-building. At the local level, in municipalities, it reinforces ties between citizens. Through Sport for All, different people can connect, regardless of their countries, cultures, religions, generations, levels of ability or other differences. As the saying goes, a family that plays together stays together!

Impact through Innovation

Innovations change the world. They provide solutions to problems we thought as unsolvable, sometimes to problems we had not even identified. On how innovations can disrupt the current habits and set new trends to shape a more active lifestyle. Forward-thinking, new sports, new organisational models, new technologies and equipment facilitate access to physical activity, in particular to target groups that are still physically inactive.


The TAFISA World Congress is a unique platform for sharing experience, knowledge and network, bringing together stakeholders from various levels and fields, including (but not only) Sport Ministries, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, national and local Sport for All organisations, Researchers and experts in Sport for All and related topics, etc.

The Congress’ programme features innovative sessions such as the Language Tables and the House of Commons Debate, involving all Congress participants to weigh in and explore together how we can best overcome the world’s global challenges and inspiring innovative answers.

This flux of creativity is further fueled by the local culture of the host city displayed during the entire event through cultural demonstrations from artists and performers native of the host country. Such features have built the reputation of TAFISA World Congresses over the years and ensured that Congress participants enjoy a special experience and keep fond memories of their stay.



  • Japan Sports Association
  • Japan Health Promotion and Fitness Foundation
  • Sasakawa Sports Foundation
  • National Recreation Association of Japan