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“The unity sport brings breaks down ideological barriers”
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“The unity sport brings breaks down ideological barriers”

On 25 July, governments will meet in London to consider how sport can contribute to advancing vital development goals. The 6th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting will review how all types of games can address social and economic challenges and promote global public health.

But why is sport so important for national development? According to Denise Juvane, 19, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Mozambique now living in England, it promotes solidarity and mutual assistance among people.

Through my own personal experiences, sports have allowed me to aim high, for victory, and to set achievable yet ambitious targets.

Sports have helped towards my character building in the sense that they helped strengthen my team work abilities, the importance of communication and of compromise.

In my opinion, sports are valuable in shaping one’s character and views in regards to the world and its development. Hence, they are helpful to national development as they help build well aware individuals, who are able to fulfil desires in regards to the development of a nation. Furthermore, nationally, sport helps toward national development since out of it well rounded and grounded individuals are created. This is important for the steady run of a particular nation.

A person who is active in sport possesses a different type of awareness than a non-sporty person does. Factors such as these make sports valuable to the development of a nation, as these people are often able to share helpful tactics with others from their sport experiences. The concept of sport, moreover, brings with it the idea of solidarity and mutual help.

The unity sport brings breaks down ideological barriers, whether they are religious or political. Sports tend to lead to people putting their personal ideals aside and unify a country, whereby individuals support nations as a whole rather than particular preference groups. It cannot be forgotten that as well as character building, the idea of a healthy body is also important. The quality of workers and human resources in a country depends on the quality of the individual’s fitness. This shows the further necessity of sports to national development.

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About me:

I am a first year International Relations Student at the University of Surrey in England. I am very much interested in international developments and the desire to help tackle poverty and inequality. Currently I am a secretary at the Politics Society of my university as well as a News Writer to the local University Newspaper ‘The Stag’.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?

To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/commonwealthcorrespondents/

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