1 Play Sports, a community, local and grassroots-level sports production and streaming company, came together with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Olympic Education Committee (IOEC) to live-stream an International Webinar on Olympism and Olympic Education in the 21st Century on June 11 and 12. 1 Play Sports streamed the webinar live across its social media platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Helo on both the days.
Day 1 of the webinar had Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, as Chief Guest during the inaugural session and Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, Indian Olympic Association, Santosh K Mall, Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Prashant Kushwaha, Chairman, IOEC and other distinguished Olympic dignitaries as speakers for the day.
âI am very impressed with the list of participation in these two days of the International Webinar on Olympism and Olympic Education in the 21st Century. Personally, I am very excited to see such things taking place and India being proactive in taking part in this global Olympic movement. The value and spirit of the Olympic movement have to get deep rooted in Indian society as it sends a great message of unity,â said Rijiju as he began to address the audience.
Batra said, âI would like to thank Prashant Kushwaha, Chairman of IOEC, for taking this initiative at such short notice. Sporting activity in India is improving from the grassroots level, successful initiatives such as Khelo India games, Youth games, University games taken by the Minister have revived the sporting culture in India.â
Kushwaha suggested having an Olympic Museum in India, bringing Olympic education into the school curriculum and creating a quota for Olympic education and Olympism in the HRD scheme. The minister welcomed the suggestions and said he would be considering them and taking the discussion forward.
âWe were incredibly happy with the technology and professionalism provided by 1 Play Sports in the telecast capacity as the broadcast partner. Given the extent of the reach of 1 Play Sports on social media, we were able to create a massive presence across their multiple platforms simultaneously, we received a whopping 8.6 million live views during the two days of the webinar, and have nearly 30,000 registrations from individuals interested in Olympic Education,â said Kushwaha.
Day 2 of the webinar saw eminent speakers, including Jennifer Keurulainen (Senior Director, Sports Special Olympics, Southern California, USA), Prof Hisashi Sanada (Professor, Academy of Sports, University of Tsukuba, Japan), Niki Koutrou (School of
Sports & Exercise Sciences, University of Kent, UK), Catherin Carty (UNESCO Chair Manager, Ireland), and many more.
At the webinarâs conclusion, Neha Singh Warrier, Country Manager, India, 1 Play Sports, said, âIt was a pleasure working with Mr. Kushwaha and the rest of the team. This event is a great initiative by the IOEC to increase awareness of Olympism and the spirit of the Olympic games. The opportunity to bring the vision of leaders to a live audience is a privilege. We are proud to work with IOEC and deliver this webinar to sports enthusiasts in India and worldwide and hope to work again with them in the future.â
The valedictory session saw Ramesh K Goyal, Vice-Chancellor at Delhi Pharmaceutical Science, Anshul Bagai, Director of Academy of Sports Science Research and Management, Mohit Lalvani, CEO of 1 Play Sports, and many other dignitaries.