Sports can help strengthen common values and overcome barriers and distrust, cultural misconceptions, prejudices and fears. However, sports can also be a platform for xenophobic, discriminatory and homophobic bullying and harassment.
At the Forum, EU policy makers will connect with sports organisations and civil society groups to harness sports’ potential in building an inclusive and diverse society.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports and NGOs will explain how sports can promote common values and human rights.
The Vienna Institute for International Development and Cooperation (VIDC) and fairplay will focus on how sports can lead to the social inclusion of migrants, people with disabilities and other groups.
But it’s not all talk. There will also be hands-on sessions. The Austrian federation of sports for people with disabilities (ÖBSV) and Rapid Wien football club’s ‘Special Needs Team’, Kicken ohne Grenzen (football without borders), Play Together Now and Rugby Opens Borders will showcase how sports empowers different people in their local environment.