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Congress Theme

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.

Joint Event Smart Cities and Sport

This year's programme features a unique joint programme between the TAFISA World Congress and the Smart Cities and Sport Summit that will bring the participants of the two events together in Tokyo. The sessions will focus on the issues linked to physical inactivity within cities, innovation and partnerships - or how we can build the communities of tomorrow through Sport for All. More than 700 participants from all horizons of the Sport for All Movement, including cities, Sport for All Federations, national olympic committees, ministries, international federations, intergovernmental organisations and others are expected!

Smart Cities & Sport is the only network open for any city wishing to learn about efficient and sustainable sport development strategies and to connect with important actors in the sport sector. Its annual Summit is a conference specifically tailored for cities to discuss common challenges and opportunities linked to sport. Organized every year the Summit brings more than 60 cities coming from all around the world. Whether the vision is, to host other sporting event or to create new ways to develop a city with an active and healthy lifestyle, the Smart Cities & Sport Summit provides the most high-level and prestigious platform for exchange of ideas and experience among cities of all sizes.

Participants registered to attend the TAFISA World Congress will benefit from a discount fee to join the Smart Cities and Sport Summit scheduled from November 12.

For more information on how to register to attend the Smart Cities and Sport Summit on November 12 and 13, please consult the Registration page here.

Sport&Sport Summit

Congress Programme

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.

Tentative programme (as of November 13, 2019)

Call for Papers

The 26th TAFISA World Congress accepts poster presentations only(no oral presentations).

General (updated on 12/11/2019)

Student Paper Award




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

Congress Partner

Smart Cities & Sport

Supported by

Tokyo Metropolitan Government


Congress Sponsors